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  • Finding Martha

    Finding Martha

    The First Searches

    The searches and images shown were created using the Ancestry website. My first census searches revolved around finding Martha. I knew that she married during the 1880s but apart from knowing her approximate age at marriage (from her marriage certificate) I knew nothing more about her early years. It was only through working back in time using census searches that I could narrow down the search for her birth and discover more about her. With at least two mis-transcriptions ...
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  • Searching the 1881 census on the LDS

    You can search the 1881 Census for The British Isles on the website of the LDS Family Search.

    The search is free and you can get detailed results although you are not able to see the actual images. You can also search the United States Census for 1880 and the 1881 Canadian Census.

    There are detailed Tips on How to Search Censuses but you might find this Quick Guide useful. The Guide uses the 1881 Census for The British Isles, but the principles are the same. ...
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  • Census address search

    Sometimes you may wish to find a specific address on a particular census. For example, if you have been unable to locate a person via a standard name search then you may wish to check their "last known address", which you may have obtained from a BMD certificate or from the previous or next census.

    Online Address Indexes:

    England & Wales

    1841-1911: FindMyPast (pay per view)
    1881: Ancestry (free index)
    1901: National Archives 1901 Census Online (pay per
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  • The surname may have been written differently





    Back to The Census

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  • Missing family in 1861





    Back to The Census

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  • Finding children by searching for their parents on the IGI

    Using the International Genealogical Index for finding Baptisms.

    What is the parent search?

    The parent search is an underused yet useful option offered on the IGI website. By entering the name of the parents a list of children born to a couple of the names entered will be given. This can help create a guide to family groups that you can then use in conjunction with the census and bmd index. If you enter just the names of the parents you will see more results, if you refine the se...
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  • IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles and North America

    If the information you have found on the IGI has a batch number it will be a record extracted from the original register. The letters correspond to the number of the LDS microfilm:

    C = Christening records from the parish
    M = Marriage records
    J = Males only
    K = Females only - numbers correspond to the J series for males...
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  • Certificates

    ​Certificates form an important part of genealogical research. Without them it is difficult to prove relationships and dates with accuracy, and there comes a time when you will need to order certificates to enable your research to continue. This section will help you find out all about certificates and how to go about obtaining them. The following guides give information about certificates for events in England/Wales and also for events in Scotland. England/Wales certificates cover the per...
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  • Records Office Guide

    The County Records Office is the place where you will find your primary evidence - a myriad of documents which will be useful in your research. This Records Office Guide will explain what is likely to be found there and how it is going to be useful. County Record Offices (CRO) are the main repositories for archived records specifically relating to the local area they serve. They will generally be the main centre for family history research in the county. Most counties have a single record offic...
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  • Stillbirth

    Stillbirth

    A stillbirth is the death of a foetus any time after the 24th week of pregnancy. (Previous to 1992, this would have been after the 20th week.) An infant who draws a spontaneous breath - even just one - is not classed as stillborn. Sadly, the subject is very emotive, and in the past was not considered suitable for family conversations. Nowadays, thank goodness, we appear to be more sensitive to the grief of the parents. Unfortunately, until the Births and Deaths Registration Act of 1926 made stillb...
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  • Research Guides
    by Caroline

    The table below gives links to the pages of advice in the Reference Library for specific research areas.

    The pages have been written over the years by the members and will contain links to other useful resources and websites.

    We do try to keep them up to date but links do break as sites disappear and procedures and contact details may change, so we are grateful for any corrections.

    Registered members will be able to comment below the relevant page but non-members can contact us through Contact Us. ...
    04-03-20, 11:15
  • 1939 Register
    by Elaine ..Spain
    The National Registration Act 1939 established a National Register which began on 29th September 1939. The data collected was used to produce up-to-date population statistics and identification cards as well as helping to administer conscription. The following year, when rationing was introduced, the register was used for the issuing of ration books and at a later date, after the war, it helped in the creation of the National Health Service. The Register is an important set of records for genealo...
    27-01-16, 10:52
  • Searching a census in findmypast
    by Caroline
    You can use details for birthplace on the individual census record set search pages, found from the A-Z of Record sets, but you can only search one census at a time from those pages.
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    19-06-14, 15:42
  • To search using spouse's name
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  • Searching using mother's maiden name
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  • To look for parish records
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