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The British Government first conducted a full census of the population of the United Kingdom in 1801. Since then they have been held every ten years with the exception of 1941 when everyone was rather more concerned with other matters. The first three censuses were simple head counts and no information of use to the family historian was retained centrally. If you are very lucky the enumerator recorded details of each family to help him ensure that no one was overlooked. In rare cases these notebooks have survived but they are the exception rather than the rule. From 1841 onwards however the census returns provide a fruitful source of information for the family historian. This is particularly true from 1851 onwards when more details of relationships and birthplaces are given. Census data was collected under conditions of confidentiality and the UK Government has continued to respect these conditions and the census returns are closed for 100 years. The most recent census available is that for 1901.

The census returns for England & Wales are held by The National Archive (TNA) but micro-film copies and digitised images are widely available. There are now several series of indices to the census returns that cover England & Wales available on the web. Many are Pay-per-View (eg Ancestry and Find My Past) but these have links to scanned images of the Enumerator's Books. The census returns for Scotland are held by the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and can be searched on the Scotland's People website which has indices with links to images of the records. The index to the 1881 Census published by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) on CD-ROM and the Family Search website covers the whole of Great Britain. There is also partial coverage of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 & 1891 for all of Great Britain on FreeCen which, as the name implies is free.

The following pages are a simple index to the occurrence Rudram, Rudrum & Rud(d)erham in the seven openly available censuses. I doubt that it is complete (even in 1881 there is at least one Rudram missing) but they give basic information about everyone I have found to date. I've included a number of entries that don't appear in the index because the enumerator either appears to have got the name wrong or the transcribers misread the record or a combination of the two. There are undoubtedly others.

The data is sorted by Forename, Age & Surname.

Additional information is always welcome. Iíve checked most of the entries against an image of the census return but you should also check them for yourself - you will need to check the census returns for the details of each individual anyway.

The folio and page numbers should enable you to collect individuals, who are listed alphabetically by forename, into families. Iíve provided the TNA class and the census date.

In 1841 nearly 90% of these people were living in Norfolk but by 1901 this had dropped to just over 40%: