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English: Census Records Including Wales
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An examination of the history, structure and genealogical research possibilities of the 1801-1911 censuses, as well as the 1939 National Register of England and Wales. Strategies for research, location the records, reading and recording methodology and documentation will be discussed.

During each module the student will be introduced to an aspect of research, such as terminology, indexes or search methods. There will be a detailed look at some of the censuses. Students will receive in-depth instruction as to the contents and usage of each census. Available websites and indexes with census records will also be discussed. The many pitfalls unnoticed by the unwary will be described.

Upon completion of this course will be fully prepared to utilise this source with confidence.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Websites
Introduction to English Census Records
 
Brief History of Census Taking
• The Domesday Project
 
What Are We Looking At?
 
Websites with Census Records
• FreeCEN
 

Module 2
Why Use the Census?
Websites
Census Information Collected
Why Look At Every Available Census?
Census Relationship Definitions
What the Schedule Columns Tell the Researcher
Institutions
Shipping Schedules
Household Unit
Double Entries
Errors
Enumerator’s Path - Why Your Bit of the Road is Not There!
Woes of an Enumerator
 
Websites with Census Records
• FamilySearch
 

Module 3
1841-1901 Censeses
Websites
 
1841-1901 Censuses Films
• Microfilms at the Family History Library
• Accessing Films
• Why Order the ‘Old Fashioned’ Films?
 
What Can I See and Where?
 
Searching Census Websites
• Tips to Improve Internet Census Searches
 
1801-1831 Censuses
 
1841 Census
• Information Collected
• Problems
• Missing Pieces
• Where to View the 1841 Census
 
Websites with Census Records
• FindMyPast.co.uk
 

Module 4
Street Indexes
Websites
 
Street Indexes
• Street Indexes at FamilySearch Centers
Indexes at Your Local FamilySearch Center - Old Series Street Indexes
• Old Series Census Street Indexes Instructions
• Working from a Street Address - Old Series
• Description of Old Street Indexes 1841
• Description of Old Street Indexes 1851
• Description of Old Street Indexes 1861
• Description of Old Street Indexes 1871
• Description of Old Street Indexes 1881
• Description of Old Street Indexes 1891
 
Indexes at Your Local FamilySearch Center - New Series Street Indexes
• New Series Census Street Indexes Instructions
• What is Included in the New Series
• Problems with the New Series
• Institutions, Pubs and Ships
• Index Style
• Working From an Address - New Series
• Working from a Piece Number or a Sub-District Name - New Series
• Institutions, Pubs & Ships
• Description of New Street Indexes 1841
• Description of New Street Indexes 1851
• Description of New Street Indexes 1861
• Description of New Street Indexes 1871
• Description of New Street Indexes 1881
• Description of New Street Indexes 1891
 
Name Indexes
 
Websites with Census Records
• Ancestry.co.uk
 

Module 5
Nominal Indexes
Websites
Name (or Nominal) Indexes
How to Use the 1881 Index on Fiche
 
1851 Census
• Information Collected
• Problems
• Missing Pieces
• Where to View the 1851 Census
 
1861 Census
• Information Collected
• Problems
• Missing Pieces
 
Websites with Census Records
• TheGenealogist.co.uk
 

Module 6
Searching Censuses in Microforms & Online
Websites
 
Types of Website Searches
• Wildcards
 
Other Variant Searches
• Soundex
• NameX
• Metaphone
• Exact Searches
 
1871 Census
• Information Collected
• Problems
 
1881 Census
• Information Collected
 
Websites with Census Records
• British Origins
• Problems
 

Module 7
Census Microforms
Websites
Microfiche
Census Fiches or Films at the FamilySearch Centers, Archives & Family History Societies
 
1891 Census
• Information Collected
 
1901 Census
• Information Collected
• Problems
 
Websites with Census Records
• Genes Reunited
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Assignments
 

Module 8
Recording & Documentation
Websites
 
Recording & Documentation
• Description of Source
• Searching Census Material
• Printing/Photocopying the Relevant Material
• Cleaning Up Census Images
 
1911 Census
• Archival References for the 1911 Census
• Information Collected
• Problems
 
Valuation Maps
 
1939 National Registration
• Details Recorded
• How to Apply
 
Websites with Census Records
• 1901 Census Online
• 1911Census.co.uk
• Online Payments
 
Conclusion
 
Further Reading
• Books & Articles
• Websites
 
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
 
Census Transcript Form
 
 

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