August is National Family History Month (NFHM) in Australia . As noted on the NFHM website, during “August events will be conducted across Australia and online that focus on genealogy, family history, heraldry and related subjects.” One of these is the NFHM Blogging Challenge. The challenge is to post a blog once a week on a suggested topic. This first weeks topic is “census” owing to the Australian census, which will be on Tuesday 9 August 2016.
What extraordinary things have you discovered about your family history in census records?
I am not quite sure if these are extraordinary discoveries yet they are important to me. They either helped me discover more to research or enlightened me on my ancestors lives. I even blame one of them for getting me further addicted to this family history stuff, if that is possible. Here goes…..
Helpful Census Recorders
1861 – Elizabeth Kitto was cited as the head of the household which sends me looking for the husband’s death records. Or relatives census records as my ancestors do often stay with other family members. In this case the kind census recorder put in Elizabeth’s “Rank, Profession, or Occupation” – “Miners wife Husband abroad”. This broadens my search for Sampson beyond just searching further in the 1861 records.
Found Another Frances
1871 – My mother told me Frances is a family name on both sides of the family. Only a family historian will know the feeling when I discovered another Frances, in census research. Meet my great, great grandmother, Frances Edmonds, nee Monger. Plus thanks to websites for indexing. This makes it easier for me to find more ancestors with the name Frances.
Love it When the In-Laws Visit on Census Day
1881 – As noted in the 1861 example, my ancestors frequently were visiting or living with relatives on census nights. This does help my research. This example has a cousin, Emma K Dawson and a sister in law, Martha Gibson staying at Edward and Jane Dawson’s dwelling on census night. Having in-laws visiting can help with confirming maiden names too.
Politically Incorrect Times Aid Research
1891 – Politically correct was no where to be seen in 1891. Joseph Kitto at age 28 was listed as an imbecile. 1871, aged 8, Joseph was listed as a scholar. So to the 1881 census to recheck what I may have missed yet not expecting to find out details. Again the recorder helps by including ” Imbecile for 6 years”. Wonder what happened to him?
Census Record Causes Addiction
1901 – Probably the first census records I discovered was for my Nana, Grace Shepherd. I knew her maiden name and date of birth and where she came from in London. This made the discovery quick and easy. It made researching my family history in depth even more addictive.
As you have read, my family is not extraordinary. My ancestors census records are just ordinary. Yet every small discovery is extraordinary to me.
Look out for the next weeks post on remembering your working forbears and the challenges cripthey faced.
Where to Find Out More
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