1841-1901 Census: Help Page
The Census pages on this website are only for Teddington, Middlesex and only for the 1841-1901 Census. We would have liked to include the 1911 Census but it has many more pages than the other Census years because in 1911 each household made its own return on separate pages (or in some cases several pages).
Image/Page Index: Click on the Census year to access the Teddington pages for any Census from 1841-1901. You will then be presented with a Census Index which lists all the Teddington pages in that Census. The Census Index has, in the left column, the standard Census reference to the folio and page number for the Census page; and, in the right column, a description of the contents of each Census page (plus sometimes a link to extra Notes). Click on a link to view a Census page.
Note: The pages at the start of each District are highlit in a yellow colour, the current page (the one you will view if you click "Switch to Census Pages" is hightlit in white, while the pages you have viewed in this Census in this session will be ticked. You can add (or remove) ticks by clicking on the relevant box for a tick. You can remove all ticks by clicking in the column heading.
Note: The Advanced Console allows you some extra options like adding a column at the left with the file name of the page image. It also lets you lengthen or shorten the scrolling table in which the Census Index appears.
Road Index: Click on the "Roads" option in the menu at the top left to access the road index. You can then click on any Census year alongside the road name to carry out a search for that road in that Census.
Moving Between Pages: Census pages were written up in a book by the person who took the Census. You can move between successive pages in a Census book quite easily. To go to pages immediately before and after the one you are viewing, click on the back and forward buttons ( and ). The Fast Back ( ) and Fast Forward ( ) buttons jump ten pages. You can also jump to the first page (e.g. ) or the last page ( ) by clicking on those buttons. The buttons are active when green. If the buttons turn red then they won't work - for example because you are already on the first page for Teddington (e.g. ).
Search: You can search the Census page descriptions (and the Pages Refs) for the current Census using the search box. Use the "Search" button to start a search which matches what you type against the text in the Descriptions column (a blank string selects everything) and in the Page Refs. The search will use alphanumeric characters and spaces (you can type in other characters but it will delete them (except for "/" before doing anything). The website remembers the search string if you move to another Census or, for example, to the Help page and back again. Use "Reset Search" to cancel the use of the current search string.
Index/View: To return to the Census Index from a Census page, click on "Switch to Census Index". To return from the Census Index to the same Census page you were previously viewing, click on "Switch to Census Pages".
Speed: Each Census page file is a jpg image file of size 0.5Mb-1Mb. The Census pages may therefore be slow in loading depending on the speed of your Internet access.
The 1841 census gives the ages of people 15 years and over were rounded down to the nearest five years. Other Census years give the exact age in years (as reported) for each person in a household except for those under one year old when ages are given in months.
For more information about each Census click here. Several commercial providers, including Ancestry and Find my Past, offer subscription access to the 1841-1911 Census for the whole country both original images and transcripts.
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