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Family History - 1861 Census.

The 1861 census was taken on the 7th April 1861.

The 1861 census is online at the official 'Find my past' website here. This is a pay per view site, and is a complete transcription of the census. You can also search the census for many other criteria, other than just names and addresses.

The 1861 census is also online at the Ancestry website, but it is also a pay to view. Visit the Websites page.

The most accurate way to access the 1861 census is to visit your local county or regional archives.

There is a 'Free Census' online website that eventually aims to have all of the censuses including the 1861, online free to search and view. You can access it here.

There are numerous part censuses online, and the best way to access these is via a search on Google (see search box below) using the search phrase "1861 census online", or whichever census year you are searching for.

Lots of family history societies have transcribed this census, which may be available on cd, and you should refer to the 'Societies' page (accessible via 'Finding Aids' button) to find a link to their websites.



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