CensusOnline.com can provide you with direct links to all the main uk country/region censuses. We have linked up with ancestry.co.uk to provide a quick way of searching through the censuses for England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. There are a number of links to Ireland, Northern Ireland and counties of Ireland. Just click on the relevant page above for the year you are searching. Alternatively use this useful UK Census Collection link.
UK Census History
Full censuses have been taken in the United Kingdom every ten years since 1801 with the exception of 1941 due to the second world war. In addition to this there was no census taken in Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State in 1921. The first four censuses i.e. from 1801-1831 were statistical with no personal information collected. The first census in 1801 was initially taken to ascertain the number of men in the country that were available to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. An English Government official and statistician by the name of John Rickman is credited with drafting the first bill which was to become the 1800 Census Act. This passed into law in December 1800.