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The 1841 Census for England was taken on the night of 6 June 1841. It was the first to record the names of inhabitants, previous censuses having only recorded numbers. All responses were to reflect the individual's status as of 6 June 1841 for all individuals who had spent the night in the house. People who were travelling or living abroad were enumerated at the location where they spent the census night.  The following information was requested: name of street, place, etc.*; house number or name*; whether the dwelling was “uninhabited and building” or inhabited; surname of head of household; name of each person who had spent the night in that household; age** (sex is indicated by which column the age is recorded in); person's profession, trade or employment or independent means; where born***.


*No addresses, other than the village name, were recorded for Pendomer.

**In this census the ages of people over 15 years old were usually rounded down to the nearest 5 years. For example, someone who was actually 24 years would have his age listed as 20, and someone who was actually 27 years old would have his age listed as 25.  In Pendomer a fair number of actual ages seem to have been recorded.

***The "Where Born" column only asked two questions: 1) Whether born in same county, and 2) Whether born in Scotland, Ireland, or Foreign Parts. Possible answers and abbreviations to Question 1 include: Yes (Y), No, (N), or Not Known (NK). For Question 2, the following abbreviations were used: Scotland (S), Ireland (I), and Foreign Parts (F).

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