Did you know the 1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census is ALWAYS FREE to view on Findmypast?

Census records are the bread and butter of family history research. They allow you to pinpoint ancestors at a place in time and trace how your family changed generation by generation. Our British census records cover every decade from 1841-1911, with the 1881 edition completely free to access.

1881 UK census

How to Access FREE Census Records

1. Visit our dedicated 1881 census page and enter the name and birth year of one of your ancestors into the search. Make sure it's someone who would've been around in 1881!

2. Look through the search results. You may need to refine your search criteria further by clicking 'Edit search' and adding extra detail such as location. When you find a record you'd like to view click the blue transcription icon.

3. If you're not already registered with Findmypast, complete your details to set-up your free account. If you are already registered, simply sign-in and you'll be taken to your chosen record.

Note: The 1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census transcripts are completely free to view and contain the most important information on your ancestors. You'll need a subscription to view the original image, denoted by the blue camera icon, which could feature extra details. The Scottish census records in this collection are transcript-only.

What the Records Reveal

The 1881 UK census is a goldmine of genealogical information. At a minimum, on the free transcript you can expect to discover your ancestor's:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Place of residence
  • Relationship to the head of the household
As well as individual households, the census also records the details of people in docked vessels, prisons, workhouses, hospitals, and military barracks.

Famous Faces

Nobody was exempt from the census. The great and the good, rich and famous had to submit their household forms along with the rest of the population. We've uncovered the 1881 census records for some of history's most noteworthy individuals.

Bram Stoker

Winston Churchill

Queen Victoria

Benjamin Disraeli

William Gladstone

Charles Darwin

Florence Nightingale

​Karl Marx

Click the white arrows on the side of the image or the thumbnails below to scroll through the gallery.

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