Active County Projects

SCOTLAND

COUNTIES 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 COORDINATOR COUNTY LINK
SCOTLAND Yes Yes Yes Yes Caithness  only Completed Caithness Only

Rena Mitchell

 David Robertson

All Scottish Counties Status Pages

ENGLAND & CHI BY CENSUS YEAR & COUNTY

COUNTIES 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 COORDINATORS EMAIL COUNTY LINK
BEDFORDSHIRE - - Yes - LDS Completed Brenda Bowers Status Page
BERKSHIRE - - - - LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
CAMBRIDGESHIRE   - - - - LDS Yes Bev Howlett Status Page
CAMBRIDGESHIRE  - - Yes - LDS Yes Ian Cameron Status Page
CHANNEL ISLANDS  - - - Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
CHESHIRE Yes - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
CORNWALL Completed Completed Completed Completed Yes Completed Lesley Dawson Nil
CUMBERLAND      - - Yes - LDS - Carol Barber Status Page
DERBYSHIRE - - Yes - LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
DEVON Yes Yes Completed Completed LDS Completed Brenda Bowers Status Page
DORSET Yes Yes Yes Yes LDS Yes Carol Barber Status Page
DURHAM - - Yes Yes LDS Yes Carol Barber Status Page
ENG/WALES SHIPPING - - - Yes LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page
ESSEX - - - Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1841 Yes - - - LDS -  Chris Mahoney Status Page
GLOUCESTERSHIRE as above - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
HAMPSHIRE     - - - - LDS Yes David Philpot Status Page
HEREFORDSHIRE   - - Completed Yes LDS - Jane Earles Status Page
HERTFORDSHIRE - Yes Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
HUNTINGDONSHIRE - - - - LDS Completed Brenda Bowers Status Page
ISLE OF MAN - - Yes - LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page
KENT - - - Yes LDS Yes Rebekah House To Follow
KENT - - Yes - LDS - Jen Sheehan Status Page
LANCASHIRE  - - Yes - LDS Yes Neil Southern Status Page
LEICESTERSHIRE  - - Yes Yes LDS Yes  John Toplis Status Page
LINCOLNSHIRE  Yes - Completed Yes LDS Completed Michael Borrill Status Page
LONDON
Bethnel Green,  Mile End,  Stepney
  St Pancras &  Whitechapel  
- - - - LDS Yes  Barbara Pearce Status Page
LONDON Except above - - - - LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
LONDON 1871 - - - Yes LDS - Terry Waters-Marsh Status Page
MIDDLESEX - - Yes - LDS 1891 Ian Cameron Status Page
NORFOLK     - - Completed Yes LDS 1891 Bev Howlett Status Page
NORTHUMBERLAND  - - Completed - LDS - Carol Barber Status Page
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Yes - - Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Yes Yes Yes Completed LDS Completed Brenda Bowers Status Page
OXFORDSHIRE - - Yes Yes LDS Completed Brenda Bowers Status Page
RUTLAND - - Completed - LDS - Michael Borrill Status Page
SHROPSHIRE - - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
SOMERSET    Yes Yes Completed Yes LDS Yes Geoff Jarvis Status Page
STAFFORDSHIRE - - - Yes LDS Yes Ian Cameron Status Page  
SUFFOLK  - - - - LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
SUFFOLK  - - - Yes LDS - William  Butcher Web page
SURREY - - - Yes LDS Yes Bev Howlett Status Page
SUSSEX  - - - - LDS Completed Marilyn Smith  
SUSSEX - - Yes Completed LDS - Simon Brickell Status Page
WARWICKSHIRE Completed - Yes - LDS Completed Brenda Bowers Status Page
WESTMORLAND - - Completed - LDS - Carol Barber Status Page
WILTSHIRE Completed Yes Yes Yes LDS Yes Terry Waters-Marsh Status Page
WORCESTERSHIRE - - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page
YORKSHIRE
Split by Ridings
- - Yes Yes LDS Yes Carol Barber Status Page

WALES BY CENSUS YEAR & COUNTY

COUNTIES 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 COORDINATOR COUNTY LINK
ANGLESEY - - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
BRECONSHIRE - - - - LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
CAERNARVONSHIRE - - Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
CARDIGANSHIRE -   Yes Yes LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
CARMARTHENSHIRE - - - Yes LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
DENBIGHSHIRE - - Yes Completed LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
FLINTSHIRE - - Yes Completed LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
GLAMORGANSHIRE - - - - LDS Yes Elsie Issac Status Page for Counties of Wales
GLAMORGANSHIRE - - - Yes LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
MERIONETHSHIRE - - Yes - LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
MONMOUTHSHIRE - - Yes - LDS Yes Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
MONTGOMERYSHIRE - - Yes - LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
PEMBROKESHIRE - - Yes Yes LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales
RADNORSHIRE - - Yes - LDS - Brenda Bowers Status Page for Counties of Wales


How FreeCEN Works
 

FreeCEN  are always looking for help. 
This could be to help as a Coordinator, Transcriber, Checker or Validator.

To help with FreeCEN volunteers will need:-

  • A computer and some spare time.
  • A spreadsheet program. (Excel, Works, Open Office etc)
  • You can help with a County of your choice.
  • See the individual County Status pages above to see what area's are available.
  • We Transcribe and Check from CD's supplied to you.
  • The software, instructions and lots of help and advice is also on hand at all times as well as by the individual County Coordinators (COORDS)
  • The software is designed to make the task as easy as possible.
  • Although the software is designed for PC/Windows machines, arrangements can be made to accommodate Linux-based PCs and Apple computers.
  • There are also dedicated FreeCEN mailing lists where you can post questions or queries on and to receive advice in all aspects of FreeCEN.    

Project Phases

There are four phases that we go through before the DATA gets uploaded to the Online Search facility.
Transcribing, Checking,  Validating  and  Post Validating.

Transcribing

We transcribe into a specially designed Spreadsheet from the Census Images on the CD that you are provided with.
The first couple of pages are done to start you off.
We have a program called CSVCHECK that you can use yourself or your Coordinator will do it for you.
This checks the integrity of the DATA not the actual DATA.
It produces a report  showing ERRORS and WARNINGS. This will ultimately help you as well. 

Checking

Each transcribed piece will be checked by another volunteer using a FreeCEN program called WINCC.
Alternatively
we also have what we call the Visual Checking  method from the Transcribed Spreadsheet.
This is more for those that have the new Windows 7/8. 

Validation

The validation is carried out using local knowledge of the county to assist particularly in the
validation of the Place of Birth (POB) and its respective County.
This is mostly done by the COORD or their designated volunteer.
We use a FreeCEN Program called VALDREV for the Validating process.. 

How to Volunteer

You can contact the  individual COORD from the County list above.
Alternatively please contact
Brenda Bowers
 

Transcriptions Already Done

Transcriptions are accepted by FreeCEN, either from its own volunteers, or from independent transcription projects.
This is on the understanding that FreeCEN will then have the right to make these freely available on-line, for non-commercial use.
This will be an exclusive right in the case of transcriptions made wholly under the auspices of FreeCEN, using its standards and technology.
FreeCEN has no intentions, and will have no rights, to attempt to benefit commercially in any way from such transcriptions, or from those obtained from independent transcription projects.

If you have already done a transcription of ANY large census area (in the U.K.) or Census year, then please contact me to discuss how we might use your considerable effort in conjunction with the FreeCEN project. 

Background to the FreeCEN Project:

The FreeCEN project was initiated in July, 1999. 
One of the main instigators was Brian Randell (GenUK, Devon)

If you would like to help with FreeCEN, please click on the Coordinator link as above, for the  County  of your choice.
Alternatively you can email Brenda Bowers   who will be only too willing get you you connected to your choice of County.

 

To Search the FreeCEN Database please click on the following link

Click here


This page last updated July 19, 2015