Why can’t I find my father on the 1911 census?
QI can’t find my father, John James Brown ( born September 1908 in Gateshead), on the 1911 census. His mother was Hannah Brown née Park born in Maryport, Cumberland, 1887 and father David Brown born Arlecdon, Cumberland, in 1877. They married in Whitehaven in 1906 and there might have been another child called Winifred.
David Brown was an iron ore miner, maybe working in Frizington, Cumberland. Margaret Windle, by email
AAJohnI too was unable to find
James Brown or Hannah Brown, in the 1911 census, but I did find a man who is almost certainly your grandfather David Brown. He was a coal miner aged 32, living alone at 36 Edward Street, Blaydon (in Gateshead Registration District), who was born in Frizington, Cumberland, in the civil parish of Arlecdon and Frizington. Information on the duration of the marriage and number of children born had been filled in and then crossed out. This revealed that David Brown had been married for four years and two children had been born, one of whom had died. This is consistent with a marriage in 1906 and your father being alive in 1911. It was quite common for miners from Cumberland to seek work in the much larger Northumberland and Durham coalfields.
From the September quarter of 1911, the maiden name of the mother is included in the GRO birth indexes, so children born after the 1911 census can still be identified. The birth of a Winifred Brown, with mother’s maiden name Park, was registered in the March quarter of 1912 in Whitehaven Registration District ( Volume 10b Page 1309) – she could be the child you mention.
The 1911 census has been indexed separately by Findmypast, Ancestry, and TheGenealogist, and failure to find people in all three versions is likely to be a result of either the individuals concerned having been missed or that information being incorrectly recorded. As your grandfather was living alone in Blaydon, it is possible that your father and grandmother were travelling to or from Cumberland, or were staying somewhere temporarily when the census was taken and were missed. It may be possible to find them by identifying other relatives, such as Hannah Park’s siblings, and locating them in the 1911 census. John Wintrip
David Brown appears alone in the 1911 census
The birth certificate of Margaret’s father, John James Brown