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Census name indexes and transcripts are available online. A census name index is an index of names compiled from the census records, and enable you to search for a person by surname, forename and age. Transcripts are more detailed than indexes, and enable you to search across all the fields, such as occupation and address.

Transcribing the census for large counties like London or Yorkshire is a mammoth task and a huge amount of manpower is required to compile those records.

Smaller UK-based companies, societies and individuals have been compiling census name indexes covering particular counties or areas. Cultural, historical, geographical knowledge of the UK and an interest in genealogy gives them an advantage in producing more accurate results than other companies outside of the UK.

To remedy this situation, uses a combination of paid transcription with volunteer checking to produce accurate records. These transcripts are now available online. Thousands of volunteers from all over the UK have since contributed to this project.

Census indexes and transcripts are available for all counties across England and Wales — see for details.

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Other Online Genealogical Research Data

It's not just census that you can get online to help with your family history research. TheGenealogist offers all these different types of data in subscriptions from £14.95 to £109.95:

  • Births, marriages and deaths 1600 - 2005
  • Census transcripts 1841-1911
  • Parish records
  • Non-conformist records
  • Wills, probates & testaments
  • Directories
  • Military & regimental records
  • School, college & university registers
  • Peerage & Heritage records
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • and more...

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Other English Online Sites gives Pay per View style searching with credits from £5 although currently this only covers BMDs and Census from 1841 to 1901. Has a Free Search facility gives the lowest cost access to the census for 1841 to 1911 with subscriptions from only £9.95 which are credit free unlike RootsUK. This also has a free Search facility.

Volunteer Indexing Project

UK IndexerS&N cares about the quality of online and CD indexes as much as you do, which is why they are the only company to use a team of UK employees and volunteers to create, check and amend the data. They also licence data from UK individuals and societies.

Why not join the project? - and get rewards

S&N has set up a new site: with a set of bespoke tools that they have developed for their volunteers to use. is already proving popular and people are enjoying using the new tools.

If you are interested in being involved, why not join the project? Free subscriptions and other rewards are offered to those who help. For details of the indexing project, go to and sign up.