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PRE-1841 CEN­SUS RE­TURNS Full cen­sus re­turns date from 1841. How­ever, in some ar­eas, ear­lier cen­suses dat­ing from 1801 to 1831 have sur­vived. Th­ese usu­ally only list the head of the house­hold and the num­ber of other peo­ple living at an ad­dress. A full list of sur­viv­ing English re­turns can be found at

www.es­sex.ac.uk/his­tory/ doc­u­ments/re­search/ RT2_ Wall_ 2012.pdf.

Sadly, there is no sin­gle source of th­ese doc­u­ments on­line, so you will usu­ally have to con­sult lo­cal record of­fices.

ON­LINE FAM­ILY TREES Public fam­ily trees, such as those on An­ces­try or Genes­Re­united, pro­vide you with the chance to link up with other – pos­si­bly dis­tantly re­lated – fam­ily his­to­ri­ans. How­ever, it is im­por­tant that you al­ways cross- check any of their re­search for ac­cu­racy be­fore ab­sorb­ing it into your own fam­ily tree.

TRANS­PORTED FOR LIFE Ap­prox­i­mately 160,000 Bri­tons were trans­ported over­seas as a crim­i­nal pun­ish­ment to colonies that in­cluded Australia and Canada – and if your an­ces­tor was one of them there are masses of doc­u­ments that are on­line to help track them, such as the Aus­tralian Con­vict Trans­porta­tion Reg­is­ters. Try the col­lec­tion on An­ces­try or Con­victs to Australia web­site (

con­vict­cen­tral.com).

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