Creating family tree reports relies somewhat on collecting and deciphering the data contained in census reports. These vital genealogical documents can tell us the names of every member of a household, their relationship to the head of the household, ages, occupations, where they lived and sometimes where they were born. As you can imagine, this information can greatly contribute to building family tree reports, especially when combined with details found in BDM certificates. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what can be found in census records and how that data can help with family tree reports.
To give you an idea of the valuable data within census records that can be used in constructing family tree reports, we’ll look at the UK Census reports of 1851 – 1901. These records contain a wealth of information, giving exact birth details, and precise relationships of those living together. Though they were never intended to be genealogical tools, they serve as exactly that today and every genealogist uses them to complete family tree reports. Let’s look closely at what they can reveal.Start Your Free Family Tree
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Crews of ships were also included in census returns, as were soldiers who resided in military barracks or naval bases. Census reports also included information on people who were at the time living in various institutions rather than a private household. These institutions will include boarding schools, prisons, hospitals, asylums and workhouses. Locating your ancestor in one of these places may prove quite a shock, but it’s all part of genealogy and compiling family history reports.
Beware that the privacy of individuals in some of these institutions was respected, and therefore sometimes only initials were used i.e. I.L Williams. This is still valuable data that can help with family tree reports, though it may require a bit of extra research in other ancestry records in order to confirm that the person was your ancestor.
Obviously census reports are a treasure trove of data that can help with filling in family tree reports. There are some available online, and recently the 1911 census for Ireland was placed online. Simply typing in the term "online census reports" will help you to locate the records for the year that may help you to complete your family tree reports.
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