Census Enumerators Books
Each householder was required to complete a census schedule giving the address of the household, the names, ages, sex, occupations and places of birth of each individual residing in his or her accommodation. In 1851 householders were asked to give more precise details of the places of birth of each resident, to state their relationships to him or her, marital statuses and the nature of any disabilities from which they may have suffered. In 1891 Householders were asked how many rooms (if less then five) their family occupied. and additional occupational data was collected.
The enumerator then collected the census schedules and these were copied into census enumerators' books. The way these are grouped may mean that a road is split over several folios with other streets in between. In this case the street indexes should list a series of folio references.
Statisticians have put diagonal lines through the records of peoples ages, this was done before the records were microfiched, by the PRO. Most of the ages remain readable, but where they are not unfortunately the data has been lost forever.
Although the original census schedules were destroyed many years ago the books were kept and eventually moved to the PRO archive. The books were then filmed in 1970 to prevent the increasing usage from destroying these fragile records.
You may find the odd torn or mutilated page but in general the 1891 records have survived in remarkable condition considering the heavy usage they’ve had.
The film or fiche have been digitised by S&N Genealogy Supplies and the images are then reviewed for quality and missing pages. The film or fiche is then rescanned at different settings if the writing on the images is too faint or dark. A final assessment is then made and if required the film or fiche is re-requested to try and obtain a better image.
Due to the use of pencil, insufficient or poor ink on nib pens some images may be difficult to read.