Sources for Betley history

Population Data

Population Data Introduction

1086 Domesday Book

1298 Tenants of the Audleys (alphabetical list)

1298 Tenants of the Audleys (original source)

1332/3 Subsidy Roll

1606/7 Alehouse Keepers

Rentals, Wrinehill

1640 Staffordshire muster

1717 Sittings in Betley Church

1841-1901 Census

1846 Betley Tithe Award and Map

Census Returns since 1841

The national population census has been taken every ten years from 1841 onwards, with the exception of 1941. The full returns, which contain personal data about individuals, are not made available to the public until 100 years after the survey. The census returns for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901are open to the public at the National Archives, Kew: the national census can be searched online and images of required pages downloaded for a fee. It may be worth considering a subscription to e.g. to enable you to search and download more freely.

County record offices hold copies of censuses for their own areas, traditionally on microfiche, but returns for whole counties can also be obtained on CD (regularly advertised in family history magazines). Some Betley census returns have been transcribed manually by Stan Brassington and these transcripts are in the library of the Audley and District Family History Society.