Those are the first indexes made available under an agreement with British companies FindMyPast, the Origins Network and Intelligent Image Management. Other England and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1901 will follow this initial release.
For now, you can go to FamilySearch Record Search and do a free search of the 1841 and 1861 censuses on first and last names, age, sex, place of birth, and (for the 1861 census) relationship to head of household. In the future, youll be able to search on additional fields of data.
You can search the full indexes and view original images for free at FamilySearchs Family History Centers, or for fee at FindMyPast, a subscription and pay-per-view records site.
FamilySearch, working with the Origins Network, will provide digital images for the 1851, 1871 and 1881 censuses. It will also enhance the 1871 Census index.
Findmypast.com will provide FamilySearch with copies of its English and Welsh Census indexes from 1841 to 1901. Members of England’s Federation of Family History Societies will help complete the index for the 1851 Census.