Less Is Some­times More

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

You would think that know­ing some­one’s ex­act date and place of birth would be help­ful when look­ing for them on the cen­sus, but if you are draw­ing a blank, then start ex­per­i­ment­ing with leav­ing in­for­ma­tion out. Af­ter all, your an­ces­tor may not have been sure them­selves about their date and place of birth, or have given false in­for­ma­tion, and by spec­i­fy­ing these de­tails you are en­cour­ag­ing the sub­scrip­tion site to pri­ori­tise these fac­tors in its re­sults.

I had an an­ces­tor who I could find in ev­ery cen­sus ex­cept 1871, be­cause he was away from home and who­ever filled in the cen­sus gave him the same place of birth as oth­ers in the house­hold, even though he was born in an­other county. I only found him when I re­moved place of birth from the search. Play around with what you in­clude and see what hap­pens.

The man­ager filled in cen­sus en­tries for ev­ery­one in a lodg­ing house and may have guessed some in­for­ma­tion

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