• Step Two ~ Going Back Before 1900

    You may be lucky enough to have enough information to take you back to 1901 and beyond. The 1911 census is the latest one which is available to family researchers in its entirety. You can search the census from the comfort of your computer chair through subscription websites such as Ancestry.

    There are also other sites which you can find on the FTF Guide: Online Research

    Once you have found your known relative, look to see who’s living in the same household – brothers, sisters, parents or even grandparents. Census returns including names, ages and places of birth were taken every 10 years from 1841, so online you have access to 70 years worth of census records. By tracing your family back through the census returns it is possible to take your family back to ancestors born in the 1700’s.

    This page extends the search back to 1841: Family History Research ~ Step Two

    Write down all of your new found information. It would also be a good idea to save the census images you have found to a file on your computer.

    The FTF Guide: The Census will give you information about Census returns and advice for searching them.

    A Visual Guide to Tracking down your ancestors before 1900