Find My Past, 1871 Census Update, 6 Feb. 2008
07:46PM UTC - Wednesday, 06 February 2008
Contributed by: Michael Bunting FSG
FINDMYPAST.COM ADDS TEN NEW COUNTIES TO THE 1871 CENSUS.
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Some historical background to the 1871 census
The census was taken on the night of 2 April 1871 and gave the total population of England and Wales as 22,723,000. The year was eventful: as well as the formation of the German Empire and crowning of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the Paris Commune was formed then crushed and Trade Unions were legalised in the UK.
Culturally, 1871 saw the opening of the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London, the publication of Through the Looking Glass and Middlemarch and the premiere of Verdi's opera Aida.
How to search the 1871 census
Like all the censuses on findmypast.com, the new counties can be searched by name of person or you can choose to search by address, and also by a number of different fields, such as occupation or age. All the new records can be searched using our normal search tools.