The Census Return Layout
The first column lists the place where a person lived. This can
range from the name of a house, an area, the name of a street or a
The second column is divided into two sections. The left-hand
section lists houses or buildings that are uninhabited or in the
process of being built. The right-hand section lists inhabited
The third column is a list of people who did not live there
permanently, but were in the house on the preceding night.
The fourth column is divided into two sections. The first section
lists the age of males, and the second section lists the age of
The fifth column lists a person’s trade, profession, or if they
are of independent means. It does not record if a person is
The sixth column is divided into two sections. The left-hand
section lists whether or not a person was born in the county where
they now live. The right-hand section lists whether a person was
born in Scotland, Ireland or Foreign Parts. It must be assumed. that
Wales was included within the first section.
The page number is placed in the bottom left-hand corner, and the
total number of houses is listed, as is the total number of males
The size of the area covered by each district varies. At the end
of each district a full page of data can be found. On this page, all
of the totals, from the individual pages in the area, are added-up.
Some census pages are easier to read than others, due to the
different writing styles of the enumerators. Abbreviations and
spelling errors can also cause problems.