Wednesday, 22 December 2010

1851 UK Census

I've realised now that the 1851 UK Census has been updated on Ancestry UK

Here is the link to the search form

About this Collection (Taken from

The 1851 Census of England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man was taken on the night of 30/31 March. The completed collection contains detailed information on each individual who spent the night in individual households including name, relationship to the head of the family, marital status, age at last birthday, gender, occupation, and birthplace. Additional information about the dwelling and property was also collected.

The Census forms were distributed to all households a couple of days before census night and the completed forms were collected the following day. All forms were meant to accurately reflect each individual's status as of 30/31 March 1851 & the household they spent the night in. People who were travelling or living abroad were recorded at the location where they spent the night. All of the details from the individual forms were later sorted and copied into The Census books, which are the original records you can view images of today.

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Merry Christmas

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Christmas Visit

Yesterday, I paid a visit to my Grandma & Grandad March's house in Leicester. The very house they've lived in for 50 years. It was a typical Christmas Visit, but freezing. But it is Winter after all. It just seems like a colder Winter than normal. But the Weather isn't the reason why I'm blogging. It is because after about 30 minutes after I got to my Grandparents house my Grandad asked if I'd like to see the Pictures that he'd taken of my Wedding in August this year. My obvious answer was, yes and so he went to go fetch them. The pictures were great and he even let me have some but in there with these pictures were other pictures of my Grandparents at a Christmas function/party that they attended recently. The place they had it have this Party annually. So, it's not just a one off Christmas Party. Now in the Pictures of this was my Great Uncle Ken Machin, my Grandmothers Brother. Who I've been told attends the Party every year and that is the only time they see him. I had no idea they see him, even if once a year. He's 86 years old and if I'm honest I thought he passed away as no one ever really spoke of him and when they did it was as if it was in the past tense.

There was something that got me wondering though. I asked if I was able to make copies of the Photo's he is in and my Grandparents couldn't understand why. Their response when I asked was ''Chances are you'll never meet him." My first thought was 'Why not?' But I let it lie as it somehow didn't seem right to start questioning it. I think they have got themselves into a routine in regards to when they see each other and I get the impression they're not too close and considering I'm 27 years old and I've not met him yet then I guess they came to the conclusion that I never will. But I told them that I'd to make copies because it puts a face to the name on the family tree and that it's always nice to have pictures of family.

As well, it turns out, my Great Uncle Leonard Machin, was also there with his son and his wife but they didn't take any pictures of them. I was told the same thing about him. That chances are I'll never meet him/them.

I think though, with all due respect, I might track him down and write to him. It shouldn't be too hard. I've found out what area of Leicester they live in and the first place I'll try is which has a 'People Search' section where you can search Public Records like the Phone Book and they also have the Electoral Roll list (the records of Voters). The Phone Book is free but it's hit and miss on whether you'll find the person you're after as it's personal choice on whether you wanted to be listed in the phone Book and it might not show the Persons full name. So if there are two 'J Smith's' in a certain area then you might not know which one is which.

The Electoral Roll list is more specific as it includes the persons full name, other occupants in the household, how long they've been living at that address. Plus telephone number and address. So you'll have more chance of knowing if you've found the right person. BUT there is a fee to search the Electoral Roll list.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

1911 England & Wales Census Update

Latest news.

Genealogists will have new ways to search the most recent census available to the public following an agreement between two major family history websites.

The deal, announced in November by and, has been reached with The National Archives (TNA) and will lead to the creation of a new searchable database of 1911 census results for England and Wales. The two companies will work together to produce a new transcription of survey returns and enumerator’s summary books, with the first entries expected on the web by the end of the year.

Originally published online in collaboration with in 2009, the census features details of:

  • the respondents’ name
  • address
  • age
  • place of birth
  • occupation

Data collected for the first time includes:

  • more precise information about the industry in which people worked
  • their nationality
  • how long women had been married
  • the number of children born into that marriage
  • how many were still alive at the time of the survey

Colour images of the documents will also be available to view, offering family historians the chance to see their ancestors’ handwriting on the night that the survey was carried out on Sunday, 2 April, 1911.

“We will be launching the first 1911 England and Wales census content in late 2010 with the complete enumerators’ summary books, after which, we’ll start adding the householder schedules in sections, completing in 2011,” says’s public relations manager, Annabel Bernhardt. “The delivery timetable has not yet been finalised, but we’ll be keeping our members fully updated throughout the process.”

The entire collection, which forms part of the holdings of TNA in Kew, will be available to explore by all subscribers, including UK Essentials, Premium and Worldwide membership package holders. Subscribers to TheGenealogist’s Diamond package will also be able to access the complete set of data.

“The 1911 census is a great step forward in giving TheGenealogist a premium subscription that meets our customers’ needs,” says the company’s managing director Nigel Bayley. “Our customer survey showed that the 1911 census and parish records were the two major research facilities that they wanted in a new subscription.”

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