The first census was taken in
1801 and has been repeated every 10 years, except during the Second
World War. The original documents, held by The National Archives,
are closed for 100 years to guarantee confidentiality. The census
is taken to provide important statistical information on the
population. The emphasis has varied through time and the details
supplied in the returns are not absolutely standard.
From 1801 to 1831 the census
returns were purely numerical in content and contained no personal
information. The originals were not preserved after the "Census
Reports" were published.
The 1841 census lists the name, age,
sex and occupation of every person in the household. It does
however, have a number of limitations for Family Historians in that
it does not always give an exact address, nor indicate in which
parish a person was born or the relationship with other members of
the household. The greatest hindrance is that it does not give the
exact age for individuals over the age of 15 with ages being
rounded-down to the nearest 0 or 5 (eg somebody aged 44 would be
recorded as 40 and somebody aged 48 recorded as 45. Many
abbreviations were used for occupations (eg F.S. or M.S. for female
or male servant; Ap for apprentice; CL for clerk).
From 1851 the census lists the
full name, exact age, sex, marital status, family relationships,
occupation, trade or profession and both the parish and country of
birth. Condition or marital status is variously abbreviated (eg. U,
Un or S for unmarried). The 1911 census is the most recent census
that is available.
Viewing census records at the Hull History
Online - The quickest way to search UK census
records is by using Ancestry or Find My Past . These are
commercial websites but free access is available using our computers – you
just need a valid Hull Libraries card.
You can search either by name (Ancestry and Find My Past) or by
address (Find My Past only). You will be able to see a transcript
of the information as well as the original image from the census,
which you can print out.
Microfilm – Some census records can be viewed
on microfilm. We hold microfilmed census records for Hull and
Sculcoates for 1841-1901. These can be accessed via a street index
which identifies the correct microfilm to use. They can only be
searched by address.
The 1911 census has not been microfilmed so is only available
We also have several books on using census records which are
available in the library area.
Below are examples of transcriptions and original images as
available on Ancestry.com: