Put Your­self In Their Shoes

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

An­other ap­proach to find­ing some­one is to think about where you might ex­pect them to be. Con­sider what was hap­pen­ing in their life at the time. A wo­man who has just given birth might be with her par­ents, or in a work­house in­fir­mary. A man whose wife has died may have asked fam­ily to help out with his chil­dren. If there was a down­turn in a lo­cal in­dus­try, a bread­win­ner may have trav­elled to find work. One man I was look­ing for was a scholar with his par­ents in 1861 and a leather­worker by 1881, but I could not find him in 1871 even though I had tried many spell­ing com­bi­na­tions and looked for all kinds of leather­work­ers. It was only when I re­alised that he was likely to be an ap­pren­tice in 1871 that I found him. His sur­name was mis­tran­scribed and his birth­place was wrong, but I trawled through ap­pren­tices called Fred­er­ick on thege­neal­o­gist.co.uk and up he popped.

If your an­ces­tor had a trade, their younger self may be recorded as an ap­pren­tice

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