Census Records


These have been transcribed from the original handwritten records with the usual provisos about spelling etc.

On the day after the census night (i.e. the day after the date shown for each census), the enumerator collected forms distributed earlier. If a form had gaps, the enumerator filled them in, with varying degrees of accuracy. He (or possibly she from 1891) copied (possibly in impeccable copperplate script, often in hurried scrawl)  the information into the enumerator’s book to be sent, together with the original forms, to the Census Office. Once checked, the original forms were destroyed.


Addresses can be difficult to identify as there were no house numbers in Trusham, but locations might be guessed at by tracking routes between named establishments such as farms.

1841 census

While the Census shows divisions into households, relationships were not shown. Places of birth were not recorded, but indication was given to show which individuals were born in the county. Enumerators were told to round down ages of those of 15 and over to the nearest five years. This instruction was sometimes ignored.

1851 census

Relationship to the head of the household was shown as was marital status and place of birth.

1911 census

This used census returns completed by ‘Heads of Households’, which have been retained. Information includes how long couples had been married, how many children they had had and how many still survived.

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