Opportunities to volunteer with FreeCEN

The aim of FreeCEN is to provide a free-to-use, online, searchable database of the census returns for the whole country. Without the invaluable support of our volunteers, this project would not exist.


We will send you census images to transcribe, a spreadsheet set up for those images and guidance on how to transcribe them. We will give you feedback on your first attempts so that you can make any changes needed to meet our high quality standards. Your Coordinator will support you with any issues you encounter, and you can join a friendly support group where other volunteers can help you learn, and in turn you will be able to advise others. Your time commitment is completely up to you: you work at your own pace.

To register as a transcriber, please select this button:

Website Developers and Designers

FreeCEN2 uses MongoDB, Ruby on Rails and RefineryCMS — if you have experience with any of these, or would like to learn, please visit the FreeUK Genealogy volunteer page — this page also has details of opportunities on our sister projects, FreeBMD and FreeREG.

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