Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CENSUS SEARCHING -

Don’t get stuck in a rut re­ly­ing on the same web­site all the time. Of­ten the quick­est way to find a ‘miss­ing’ cen­sus re­turn is sim­ply to try an­other data­base be­cause they have each been uniquely com­piled.

Don’t for­get that lo­cal li­braries, ar­chives and fam­ily his­tory so­ci­eties of­ten pro­vide free ac­cess to an­ces­try.co.uk and find­my­past.co.uk, and some, like The Na­tional Ar­chives, also of­fer free ac­cess to thege­neal­o­gist.co.uk. Most com­mer­cial web­sites, in­clud­ing my­her­itage.com, pro­vide free 14-day tri­als for new­bies.

There are free search­able in­dexes at fam­i­lysearch.org, and im­ages can be viewed in their Fam­ily His­tory Cen­tres. Vol­un­teers are con­tin­u­ously adding in­dexes for the 1841–1891 cen­suses to freecen.org.uk, and you can lo­cate other free in­dexes by re­gion at genuki.org.uk.

Although im­ages of Scot­tish cen­suses are only avail­able on scot­lands­peo­ple.gov.uk, it’s worth us­ing tran­scrip­tions on fam­i­lysearch. org and any other genealogy web­sites you have ac­cess to first, be­cause this is some­times an eas­ier way to find matches and save cred­its.

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