UK 1841 Census
The 1841 UK census was the first census of high genealogical value by asking for the names of the occupants of enumerated residences, along with questions as listed below.
Questions Asked in the 1841 Census
Column 1- Place
Column 2- Houses
Column 3- Names
Column 4- Age, with separate columns for males and females
Column 5- Profession, trade, employment, independently wealthy
Column 6- Where born (if in same county, Scotland, Ireland, or foreign)
Why This Database is so Valuable? Census records are valuable since they can tell you where a person lived at a certain place and time. Censuses were conducted by the federal government and will offer a variety of information, depending on year. Census records can answer questions like where your ancestors were living at the time the census was taken, who they were living with, what their occupations were, who their neighbors were, if they had any brothers and sisters, what their ages were at the time of the census and if they had any disabilities.
Next steps? With the information you gain from these census records, you will have the information you need to search for vital records in the locality where you found your ancestor. Also, the fact that census returns are taken every ten years also allows you to track the movements of our ancestors through time as they perhaps move house, get married, have children or even change occupations.