10 TRY BROWS­ING

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

This is a par­tic­u­larly use­ful tip if your an­ces­tors lived in the same vil­lage or street for a long pe­riod. Brows­ing through the cen­sus for that place pageby-page might just help you to find them. Some books are very faded and dif­fi­cult to read, which could ex­plain why they have been in­ac­cu­rately tran­scribed. An­ces­try al­lows you to browse cen­sus col­lec­tions by county, civil par­ish and enu­mer­a­tion district us­ing drop-down boxes to the right of the search en­gine af­ter a year and coun­try has been se­lected. The front page of each cen­sus book pro­vides a de­scrip­tion of the enu­mer­a­tion district, ex­plain­ing the route that the enu­mer­a­tor took when col­lect­ing the cen­sus forms and which streets are in­cluded in that book. It can then be leafed through page-by-page as you would have done when look­ing at the mi­cro­film ver­sion in the ar­chive be­fore the records were dig­i­tally in­dexed by name.

Check the enu­mer­a­tor’s route and then browse through the records street by street if you think some­one should be there

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