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Population reports for Britain and Ireland, covering a wealth of textual and statistical material which provide an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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200,000 pages of census and registration material for the British Isles plus ancillary documents from the National Archives.

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Basic search by documents or increase search options to search by documents, date, geography and contents.   

Browse by Census to view information from all published census reports for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland 1801-1937 with the sole exception of the census of the Irish Free State in 1926.

Browse by Registrar General to view information from all published registration reports for England, Wales and Scotland, without exception for the period 1837-1920.

Browse The National Archives to search a large selection of documents from The National Archives including reproductions of all the different census enumerators' books used from 1841 through to 1901 in full colour, a number of maps relating to registration districts along with a wide selection of correspondence and reports emanating from the General Register Office.

Browse by Essays to search over 100 essays written by Edward Higgs and Matthew Woollard. These essays contextualise the material found elsewhere in the site, and provide a comprehensive history of registration and population statistics within the British Isles before the Second World War.

Browse by Legislation to access the full texts of all the Acts of Parliament relating to population statistics 1800 to 1937.

Browse by Bibliography to search a detailed list of resources for further information about the censuses and registration processes.

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