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Census Returns

We hold census returns for Bedfordshire for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891,  and 1901.

The 1841 Census contains limited information: names, approximate age (frequently rounded up or down to the nearest 5 years), occupation, and whether 'born in County'.

Later censuses yield more information useful to family historians such as place of birth, relationship to the head of the household, whether married, single or widowed, place of birth, and whether an employer or employee.

Some records remain of earlier censuses, and other population lists can be found in other collections such as the parish archives. These are available to view in our searchroom and some are available online, see our page ofUnusual Census Returns for more details.

These pages list the number of the microfilm you need for each census:

Parishes A-F

Parishes G-R

Parishes S-Y