A census is a snapshot of the population. It is a count of all people and households in an area, and is taken on a specific date. In England and Wales, census records are taken every ten years.
1841 to 1911 census
The original 1851 census suffered damage. For Blackley, Harpurhey, and Moston it is completely missing along with parts of Hulme, St. George's and London Road districts.
Much of the census for Deansgate, Ardwick and Chorlton-on-Medlock area is illegible due to deterioration of the originals.
The Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society have done a lot of work to retrieve information on some of these areas. A name index to this "unfilmed" 1851 census is now available.
How to access
Free access to Ancestry and findmypast is available at any of our libraries. You can also pay for your own membership.