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Shropshire Archives is open in a phased way from 21 April 2021.

The ‘surplus woman’

March 9, 20219:01 amLeave a Comment

Archivist, Sara Downs considers the single woman question, emigration and the 1851 census… The data from the 1851 census highlighted that there were approximately 500,000 more women than men and there were two and half million unmarried women. Single women had always existed in the population, but for the first time the census provided statistical data to confirm […]

Pre 1841 census returns

September 4, 20208:59 amFebruary 25, 2021 4:20 pmLeave a Comment

Indexes and images of some of the pre-1841 census returns are now available to view on our website for free. Background Generally, the 1841 census was the first national census to include names of all individuals. Counts of the population were taken since 1801. In a very few cases, the unofficial records compiled locally to […]