A Census has been taken every 10 years since 1801, although the 1841 census was the first to list individuals by name. Generally censuses become available for public use after 100 years. The census is a key record for genealogists and local historians and has been at the forefront of technology change. It is not long ago since one had to plough through a series of microfilms to view a census. The next development was the transcription of the 1881 census by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which was made available free of charge. Although these choices remain, one can now purchase a set of CDs containing images of the census returns, for a particular year or search name indexes over the Internet and follow links to a digitised image of the appropriate census return.
The census for Malton for the years 1841 to 1911 is available in all these formats.
The value of the census is twofold; the ability to find an ancestor or family member; and the ability to take a ‘virtual walk’ round the town observing the names, businesses and features.
Fitzwilliam Rent Accounts
In the Fitzwilliam archive at NYCRO (ref ZPB 111) are accounts showing rental collections from tenants from 1750 to 1924. Given that just about all property in Malton was owned by Fitzwilliam these accounts come close to census records for listing the people in the town. The accounts do not show what property they rented, and those who did not pay rent are not listed. If you are investigating whether a family has roots in Malton then these rental accounts could be a useful source of evidence. One such list for one half years rents due Michaelmas 1786 as an example can be seen here
(transcribed and published with permission of the North Yorkshire County Record Office)