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No trace of grandfather in 1891 or 1901 census?

I note that Charles Thomas Gigg was baptised on 13 Feb 1887 at St James Norlands, Kensington. His mother is given as Hannah Sarah Gigg, of 5 Mary's Place, single: Source: Ancestry.co.uk, London, ...
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Lunacy diagnosis plus a number - what does it mean?

According to www.1911census.org.uk, the information recorded for individuals included: Infirmity, one of deaf, dumb, blind, lunatic, imbecile or feeble minded. The age at which the "infirmity ...
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Was William Chichester recorded as Judge in 1841 Census at Dymock, Gloucestershire, England?

Annoying...! I think the word is "Indep", meaning "Independent", as in "Of Independent means". "I" and "J" do seem to be very similar in many hands and I'm not sure what to say the difference is. I'...
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What is "Canada E" in the 1860 US Federal Census?

To answer this question, it helps to understand some Canadian history, especially basic facts about Canada's creation. A good overview can be found in Yvonne Sorensen's webinar Using Canadian Census ...
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Can 19th century US Census records be reliably used to identify a family of origin?

Questions of this kind are a sign that the researcher needs to consider making the transition from person-based to source-based genealogy. In a post dated Tuesday, March 22, 2011 titled The Chasm, ...
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Explaining unknown person found in family listing in 1940 Federal Census of Iowa?

Here are the questions that I would investigate, that might help determine who this extra household member was: Have you looked at the census page image to verify it was indexed correctly? This is ...
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Missing Enumeration District/Families in the 1920 U.S. Census

This answer is an overview of the 1920 Census microfilms and aids for using the census, using your missing ED as a case study. It will cover some of the resources you've already consulted for your ...
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What is the house number on this 1891 Census record?

The UK and Ireland censuses are available from multiple places: Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage to name a few. FamilySearch has transcripts, but it links to FindMyPast for the images. I can ...
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9 votes

Finding people in the 1950 Census without using the index

Disclaimer: Getting ready for the 1950 Census is a popular topic right now, and I have watched several different presentations and read many articles on the subject while preparing for my own research....
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What does 1851 UK Census "Relation to Head of Family" entry that looks like "Depen" mean?

It is Dependent. Formal adoption in law did not exist in Britain until 1926. The change in law being brought about after the large number of orphans created by the First World War and the Influenza ...
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Where was Robert Brown at the time of this 1911 Military Census?

Take a look at the image and scroll back a few pages, to the start of that enumeration book. You will see it shows the location of the regiment at the time of enumeration: Pietermaritzburg, Natal, ...
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What was the career of Patrick Golden on the 1870 census?

I think the occupation written is: Painter (House) Although not capitalized, there are two entries for Keeps house in the following few rows that you can use to compare the "ouse" ending to ...
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Where to find 1911 sub-districts in order?

The report you want is available on Histpop.org. Specifically, go to page 286 of the report titled: Areas, families or separate occupiers, and population, England and Wales, Vol. II. Registration ...
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Why would a family misspell their surname?

One possibility is that whoever completed the census return adjusted the surname to, as they saw it, fit in. This is certainly known to happen in Scotland as this link https://www.scotlandspeople.gov....
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Was this common usage of "mother-in-law" in late 19th century in US census?

Consider that the "mother-in-law" could actually be a stepmother. It would not be unusual for those two terms to be used interchangeably. Also consider that mistakes happen, and it may not ...
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Should I record a Census as a Census or a Residence?

IT'S VERY EASY TO CHANGE RESIDENCE TO CENSUS I agree that Residence should be used when something other than a census places the person at a particular place at a particular time - directories, ...
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Should I record a Census as a Census or a Residence?

My preference is to list a census event as a census and not as a residence. One of the reasons I was prompted to make that decision is that early in my research, I collected several census records ...
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Reading 1900 U.S. census record?

Name: Nora Relationship: Taken as A Daughter From the full census image, she is [Nora] Conley, age 9, living with the Fuller family in Braddock Ward 1, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
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Resources for researching family from Greene County, Tennessee?

Try to look on this problem as an opportunity for learning something new instead of a roadblock to overcome. You can't find your person in the 1840 Census because it doesn't list him by name. What ...
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Meaning of "Map" as birthplace on NY 1855 Census?

Historically, the letter "s" was often written more like a tall, looped "f", and a double "s" could look like "fs", or "p" if close together. So I'd guess this is "Mass", i.e. Massachusetts. It's ...
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Recording census as event or source in GRAMPS?

Part of the reason for confusion here may be that genealogy software tends to be very person-centered, and it's easy to fall into a person-centered workflow. We tend to think of gathering information ...
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What happened to the 1896 London census records?

In a presentation at USCIS, historian Marian Smith answered a similar question by going through the correspondence for the agencies involved in order to trace what happened to the records. Just as ...
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Dealing with different birthplace and names of parents in England?

To expand on @JanMurphy's first method, there's a set of rules that genealogists use when they get stuck: If you can't go backwards, go forwards If you can't go forwards, go sideways If you can'...
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