A census was taken to record those living in a household at midnight on a Sunday. The dates of the census varied from year to year.
These censuses have been microfilmed and are available through your
local family history center. The
1881 Census is available for searching free at their website.
Ancestry.com is also converting the census to digital format and
Census for England and Wales.
A comprehensive index with over 32 million names is available for
(free) searching and a fee applies
when a chargeable transaction (image download, print request or
transcribed details) has been completed.
British Origins. This commercial site, presented in conjunction with the Society of Genealogists, offers a full index and digitised images of the 1841 census for Cambridgeshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire (includes Bristol), Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolkwww1837online.com. This pay-per-view web site offers access to the 1861 Census of England & Wales online.