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, two major UK-based genealogy supplies companies, S&N Genealogy Supplies and British Data Archive, have funded a census name-indexing project, and have worked tirelessly to create indexes and full transcripts. These transcripts are now available online. Thousands of volunteers from all over the UK have since contributed to this project. S&N are also funding major transcription projects enabling millions of new records to be added to online databases.
Census indexes and transcripts are available for all counties across England and Wales — see www.thegenealogist.co.uk for details.