The aim of FreeCEN is to provide free Internet searches of the 19th century UK census returns.

The first UK census to include names and other details of UK residents took place in 1841. Since then, a census has been held every ten years.


You do not need to be a Member to search our database. However, to make FreeCEN an effective tool we are in urgent need of volunteers willing to undertake the transcription of census pieces or make available transcriptions that they have already completed.



We provide an Internet-based search for census entries for a named person.


For copyright reasons, we cannot allow you to browse all the transcriptions from a census piece. You can ask us specific questions through the Contact form. For other use of such complete transcriptions, where these exist, you should contact either the appropriate local County Record Offices or the relevant Family History Society.