Availability and use of Census Records for Herefordshire Family History research, Herefordshire
This web page provides information about online resources for census research - transcriptions, indexes, searchable databases, &c. Select a year below, or start with 'All Years' and browse the whole page.
Original census returns are held by The National Archives and are not available generally for direct research, but copies on film or fiche are available at LDS Family History Centers worldwide. Returns are available for all parishes in Herefordshire at the Hereford Central Library. As far as I'm aware there are no copies available in District Libraries in Herefordshire, but please check availability with the Offices themselves if in doubt.
FreeCEN is an ongoing volunteer-based project to provide a 'free to view' online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns. Volunteers are being sought to assist with transcribing - visit the FreeCen Project page to see each county's status as well as a FAQ for volunteers..
Index of names, and downloadable images of Census 1841-1901 are available from Ancestry.co.uk. Access is by Annual subscription, or Pay-per-View. A subscription includes access to other Ancestry resources.
Index of names, and downloadable images of Census 1841-1911 are also available from findmypast.co.uk. Access is by Annual subscription, or PayAsYouGo. A subscription includes access to other findmypast resources. Added 23 Feb 2010.
Maureen Surman has transcribed the census for Boats lying at Worcester Wharf, Birmingham, 1841-1891. Here is a list of Herefordshire Strays. Maureen has also included those names where place of birth is not known or listed. For families with one member born in Herefordshire, everyone is listed. Features Aston Ingham and Hereford(shire).
The 1911 census is available exclusively online from findmypast.co.uk. Searching is free and payment is required to view results. Payment options are PayAsYouGo, Vouchers or Subscription. A subscription can include access to other findmypast resources. Added 23 Feb 2010.
Free search by name of the 1881 Census at Ancestry.com. Access to images is by Annual subscription, or Pay-per-View. A subscription includes access to other Ancestry resources. The index for this service is provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS); images are reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives.
The same 1881 data is also available for searching free of charge at FamilySearch - Census Records, but without access to the digital images. It is also available for purchase on CD from various outlets.
The 1881 Census is also available for searching free of charge at findmypast.co.uk.