UK Census Online
"Bringing YOUR ancestors to YOU, free of charge!"

Have YOU ever thought of the benefit of the U.K. Census data being centrally available on ONE database, and being able to trace your ancestors from 1841 to 1891?

This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns.

FreeCEN is part of Free UK Genealogy CIO, an initiative aimed at helping make high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently and freely available online, in a coherent, easy to access and search, information retrieval system.
Other projects associated with the FreeUKGEN initiative are
FreeBMD and FreeREG


Many volunteers world-wide are working on the transcription.

The number of volunteers has grown since its inception in 1999.
We now have volunteers from all over the world helping us to get more Census Records On-Line for you to search FOC and it continues to grow.

We are constantly looking for new volunteers. We need help with Transcribing and Checking.
We transcribe and check from from CD's/DVD's loaned to you.
To volunteer to help please contact the Coordinator of a County that you are interested in helping with.
Please click on the following link which will take you to the
Transcription page which lists all the Counties for you to choose from.

FreeCEN are working on the 1841. 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 census.
We are continually adding new transcriptions. For further details of how we are progressing please look at the following statistics page on

Please remember to keep coming back to check as we add more Census DATA.

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Database last updated
Tuesday, 04-Apr-2017 22:59:03 BST

On Sat 29 Apr 2017 FreeCEN users did
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 Information about Coverage

Database Coverage
Recent Additions

 Information for Transcribers

A Brief History of Project
and present Team

 Software and FC Tools

Software to do it
FC Tools

County Projects

County sub-projects
Donating transcripts
About Volunteering


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Last update
May 29, 2015

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