Episode 3 – Basics: Census records

Every ten years, a snapshot of the population is taken to enable the planning of public services and such like.  And every ten years, genealogists get massively excited as it means another slice of their ancestors lives get revealed.

Censuses are one of the major sources of information that help family historians to build up a picture of where people lived, who they lived with, who they had married, how many children they had – and to keep track of their movement (albeit in ten yearly chunks) throughout the generations.

These fascinating documents show who was living where, and (currently) cover the period from 1841 to 1911… with the latest – the 1911 – having a number of bonus gems of information included within.  Find out what these are in this latest episode.

In this podcast, I’ll look at how you can search censuses, what you should be looking out for – and talk about some of the things you can do to find those ancestors who are playing hard to get.

Recommended drinks to accompany this episode: Strong coffee.  Searching censuses has a strong tendency to keep you busy for a long time.

Recommended biscuits to accompany this episode: Morning coffee. No real reason.  Just continuing a theme.  Save the nice biscuits for the next episode: birth records.

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