Census returns

The first Census to collect individual data was carried out in 1841. Censuses have been held every ten years since this date. Data on individuals is released one hundred years after it is collected, and so the most recent release has been the 1911 Census.

Census data available from Calderdale Libraries

Free online access to the census records for England and Wales between 1841 and 1911 is available on the Ancestry web site. This resource is available in all Calderdale libraries.

Find My Past website also offers access to the 1841 to 1911 census records. This is available in the Reference and information section of Central Library, and in Todmorden Library on Wednesdays.

The Central Reference Library also provides access to the 1841-1901 Calderdale area census returns on microform, at times when the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale, is not open:

  • Mondays, 9.30 am to 7 pm;
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 5 pm to 7 pm;
  • Saturdays, 9.30 am to 5 pm.

Census transcripts and indexes available in the Reference Library

Coverage Date
Barkisland 1851, 1861
Clifton-cum-Hartshead 1851
Elland -cum- Greetland 1801, 1811, 1851
Halifax 1851
Hebden Bridge 1851
Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse 1851
Langfield 1801
Midgley 1801, 1811, 1851
Norland 1851
Northowram 1851
Ovenden 1851
Queensbury 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881
Rastrick and Fixby 1851
Rishworth 1851
Shelf 1851
Skircoat 1851
Southowram 1851
Sowerby 1811, 1851
Soyland 1851
Stainland 1851
Stansfield 1821
Todmorden 1811, 1841, 1851
Warley 1851