The data above has been derived by searching the 1881 census database on Ancestry,co.uk. The source for this was the 1881 British Isles Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but contributors to Ancestry have corrected some transcription errors in the original. This numerical data was extracted 1/6/2013.
At the top of the table is the number of results returned when a blank was entered in the 'lived in' query field. (The results where an Ancestry contibutor had added a maiden-name were discarded). This was then replaced by each county in turn.
It will be noted that the total of the individual counties differs from the 'ANY PLACE' figure.It has been observed that in some cases, presumably due to an anomaly in the data-base data or structure, an search for, for example, Middlesex does not return all the Middlesex entries found by ANY PLACE. In other cases corrections by Ancestry members, eg. from Swindell to Swindells, leads to double accounting. However these anomalies do not lead to any distortion in the distribution pattern.
(DRAFT These statistics clearly show the strong bias towards the north-west, particularly Cheshire and Lancashire.
An anomalous result is Westmorland. This is due to the northernmost counties of England having been populated by descendants of the Swindles of Northumberland who were miners and followed the lead and copper to Cumberland. The absence of significant mineral resources in Westmorland meant that no mining Swindles settled in this area.)