The census is a survey taken by the government every 10 years to collect information on the population of the United Kingdom. The census began in 1801 but detailed records generally only survive from 1841. Census returns record the names of members of each household, their ages, occupations and places of birth.
Census returns available at the Denbighshire Record Office.
The original census returns are kept in the National Archives, London, and are only made available after 100 years. The Denbighshire Record Office holds microfilm copies of census returns, indexed alphabetically by parish or township. The census returns held at the record office not only cover the parishes of Denbighshire and Flintshire, but also include some parishes from the nearby counties of Meirionethshire, Caernarvonshire, Cheshire, Salop, and Montgomeryshire. The census returns relate to the former pre-1974 county boundaries. To view the parish index to the censuses available at Denbighshire Record Office, please click on the relevant letter of the alphabet for the parish that you are interested in.
As all the census returns held at the record office are stored on microfilm, it is advised that you book in advance of your visit to reserve a microfilm reader. On-line searches of the census returns can also be made. There is usually a charge for accessing the information on-line but visitors to the Ruthin Record Office can now download census and other information from the Ancestry.com website at no cost.