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Cartoon from Punch 20 April 1861 entitled "The Census". Head of Family (filling up the paper). "Well, Miss Primrose, as a visitor, I must put your age in! What shall we say?" Miss P. "Oh, it's best to be straightforward. The same as dear Flora. Twenty last birthday!"
The Local History Centre has started a project to transcribe the census data for Ewell to a computer based archive, beginning with 1851. This project will use the program devised by Peter Tilley for what is now Kingston University. Not only has Peter generously given the Centre permission to use this program at no charge, he is also providing advice and assistance to our volunteers.
When all the census data from 1841 to 1901 has been collated, the program will allow linking of entries for those individuals and families who remained in Ewell from census to census. It is also hoped to add data of baptisms, marriages and burials and other records such as school entry books, where they are available, to give a more detailed picture of Ewell families. Even for individuals who did not stay in Ewell for the whole period, the computerised entries should make searches of the Ewell census records a lot easier.
Extract from the Ewell Census return for 1871 Schedule No. 179 Click image to enlarge.
The population of Ewell did not exceed 3,500 in any of the census years and we are asking volunteers to take on batches of ten census sheets (about 200-250 individual entries) so we believe the project can be completed successfully within a reasonable time. If all goes well, it is hoped to undertake a similar project for the more numerous population of Epsom.
Obviously, the more volunteers we have to transcribe and check, the sooner we will get some worthwhile results so if you can help please let us know. You can either leave your details ('phone number and/or e-mail address) in person with one of the volunteers at the Local History Centre at Bourne Hall or by telephoning 08456 009 009