What English counties do you have research interests in? Poll

Here are the results of our 29th Unlock the Past poll - What English counties do you have ancestors from - or research interests in? Votes were cast by 383 people. The results are summarised in the table below.

There are several non-English locations listed (e.g. Channel Islands) but it was felt important to capture the interest there as well.

Only 0.5% indicated they had no research interests in England.

The percentage of people with interest in the various counties is heavily dependent on their size - the bigger counties reflecting that with more people having research interests there. Other factors are important too - Lancashire, as well as being large, had many distressed cotton operatives emigrate and Cornwall though comparatively much smaller had many miners leave England. The largest interest is in London (42.3%) and Middlesex (33.9%) with Yorkshire (32.9%) and Lancashire (31.9%) not far behind. The county with the smallest percentage of voters is, not surprisingly, Rutlandshire with just 1.8% of voters indicating a research interest.

County Votes Percent voters
No English ancestors 2 0.52
England - don't know county 9 2.35
Bedfordshire 42 10.97
Berkshire 23 6.01
Buckinghamshire 48 12.53
Cambridgeshire 49 12.79
Channel Islands 11 2.87
Cheshire 56 14.62
Cornwall 114 29.77
Cumberland (Cumbria) 32 8.36
Derbyshire 46 12.01
Devonshire 88 22.98
Dorsetshire 38 9.92
Durham 55 14.36
Essex 61 15.93
Gloucestershire 82 21.41
Hampshire 49 12.79
Herefordshire 16 4.18
Hertfordshire 33 8.62
Huntingdonshire 17 1.44
Kent 103 26.89
Isle of Man 14 3.66
Isle of Wight 15 3.92
Lancashire 121 31.59
Leicestershire 29 7.57
Lincolnshire 49 12.79
London 162 42.30
Middlesex 130 33.94
Norfolk 62 16.19
Northamptonshire 36 9.40
Northumberland 41 10.70
Nottinghamshire 40 10.44
Oxfordshire 30 7.83
Rutlandshire 7 1.83
Shropshire 31 8.09
Somersetshire 78 20.37
Staffordshire 56 14.62
Suffolk 57 14.88
Surrey 59 15.40
Sussex 73 19.06
Warwickshire 53 13.84
Westmorland 12 3.13
Wiltshire 69 18.02
Worcestershire 33 8.62
Yorkshire 126 32.90
Other 6 1.57

Where the voters came from

  • Australia - 329
  • Canada - 2
  • Hong Kong - 1
  • India - 1
  • Italy - 1
  • Netherlands - 1
  • New Zealand - 8
  • United Kingdom - 3
  • Unknown - 37

Other comments

  • Dover 1841 (hundreds)
  • North Wales
  • Flintshire
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • County Tyrone

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