Thursday, 8 May 2014

Integrated Census Microdata Project now online

The Department of History at the University of Essex, using census data from FindmyPast, has uploaded a new database online entitled the Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) project. The project allows users to obtain statistical information from the censuses from England and Wales from 1851-1861 and 1881-1911, and Scotland from 1851-1901. I've no idea why 1871 is missing from England and Wales, though FindmyPast does not host the 1911 Scottish census, explaining that one. I suspect 1841 has been omitted due to the vague answers required e.g. ages within 5 year ranges and of this parish or not of this parish as required birthplace information.

The project is outlined at whilst the database itself is accessible at It's another one of these sites that requires constant filtering, so be patient, but the data presented is fascinating - for example, in 1891, some 88 people only claimed to be monoglot Gaelic speakers in Glasgow, 12,513 claimed to have both Gaelic and English, and 557,182 had only English - whilst one person had Yiddish only, and one was bilingual between English and Welsh!

A detailed user guide is available at - the project does not seem to be complete - I can't find the Western Isles for example, included, but that may be to do with the project methodology, and how the data has been presented, so I will keep looking. Nevertheless, a very useful tool.


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

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