Census returns

At Surrey History Centre and in all Surrey Libraries, Surrey library members can search the census returns (which were taken every 10 years) for the years 1841 to 1911 online and free of charge using Findmypast or Ancestry.

At Surrey History Centre we have microform copies of the detailed census enumerators' returns for the years 1841 to 1901 for the area of the present administrative county of Surrey, together with some fringe areas. We do not hold copies of the returns for all the outer London Boroughs. Some microform copies are also available in local history centres in Surrey libraries.

The censuses from 1801 to 1831 record summary information only. For our holdings see Search for archives or books held at Surrey History Centre

Population statistics derived from the censuses 1801 to 1991 are available at Surrey History Centre. These statistics do not give personal information or list information street by street, but are for large areas such as civil parishes, electoral wards and boroughs. The detailed and personal information given in census returns is confidential and "closed" to the public for 100 years.

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