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From: Groves Genealogy <>
Subject: Re:[Lon] Sense in census CD's
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 01:29:39 +0000
>Bearing in mind that I've not laid eyes on a census cd, I get the impression that the search is done by the address.
>So if I don't have an address, how will I ever find the person, or how can I ask for a look up.
>One of the reasons for checking a census is to find the address, but if you haven't got the address to start with...............???????????
>Could somebody please explain?
The 1881 has been transcribed and indexed by the LDS, and is available both as a set of CD's that lots of Listers own (myself included) and online at http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp
*Some *of the other Censuses have been indexed, but none of them completely yet - the 1851 seems to have the best coverage so far and most of the 1891 and *part *of the 1871 is online at Ancestry.com. You could try a free trial with them, but must pay after seven days if you want keep the subscription going. See http://www.ancestry.com/trees/ for details (you will need to download their family tree software).
If you need other Census information, then unfortunately this is where it can get expensive. You need to find an event in the family close to the date of a Census, like a birth, marriage or death, and order the certificate. (See http://www.genuki.org.uk/gs/Newbie.html for a very good guide on how to do this) Once it arrives, you will (hopefully!) have an address.
In my experience, birth and death certs give the best chance of an exact address, as marriage ones can be vague to say the least, just the road name in many instances that I know of, and also bride and groom have been known to give the same address to save money, especially if one of them was not of the parish!
If you know they had a trade (unfortunately, Ag Lab is not a trade, or I would have found all of my lot so far!) it may be worth posting their names and occupations to see if anyone can find them in the various Trade Directories available on CD.
Otherwise, I am afraid it is down to some good old fashioned trawling through those films and/CD's!
Hope this helps,
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