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"Making Genealogy Magic" with Mandy Mathews
United States 1910 Census, United Kingdom 1891 Census
by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian
This week, we continue our overview of the census records with the United States 1910 census and the United Kingdom 1891 census. The 1910 census doesn’t have quite the detail of the 1900 census, but still proves to be beneficial. The details on the 1910 U.S. census include:
- Street, Avenue, Road, etc.
- House number or farm
- Name – of each person whose place of abode on April 15, 1910, was in this family. Details include: Enter surname first, then the given name and middle initial, if any. Include every person living on April 15, 1910. Omit children born since April 15, 1910.
- Relation of this person to the head of the family.
- Personal Description
- Color or Race
- Age at last birthday
- Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced
- Number of years of present marriage
- Mother of how many children
- Number born
- Number now living
- Nativity – Place of birth of each person and parents of each person enumerated. If born in the United States give state or territory. If foreign birth, give country.
- Place of birth of this person.
- Place of birth of Father of this person.
- Place of birth of Mother of this person.
- Year of immigration to the U.S.
- Whether naturalized or Alien
- Whether able to speak English; or if not, give language spoken.
- Trade or profession of, or particular kind of work done by this person.
- General nature of industry, business, or establishment in which this person works.
- Whether an employer, employee, or working on own account.
- If an employee –
- Whether out of work on April 15, 1910
- Number of weeks out of work during 1909
- Whether able to read
- Whether able to write
- Attended school any time since September 1, 1909
- Ownership of Home
- Owned or Rented
- Owned free or mortgaged
- Farm or House
- Number of farm on schedule
- Whether a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy
- Whether blind (both eyes)
- Whether deaf and dumb
The 1910 U.S. census offers similar information to the 1900 U.S. census. The main difference is the loss of the birth month and year of the individual on the 1910 census. You do gain the information about whether or not the individual is a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy. This can lead you to military records which can be a wealth of information!
The 1891 United Kingdom census includes the following information:
- Road, street, and number or name of house
- Uninhabited (marked – U) or Building (marked – B)
- Name and Surname of each person
- Relation to the head of family
- Condition as to marriage (single, married, widowed, or divorced)
- Age at last birthday (marked in individual columns for males and females)
- Profession or Occupation
- Neither employer nor employed
- Where born
- If 1- deaf and dumb, 2- blind, 3- lunatic, imbecile, or idiot
As you can see, the information on the United Kingdom census doesn’t vary too much from year to year. It is important to note that you can do a number of different searches for an individual if you don’t have success at first. Try each member of the household of different searches. There are indexes available that list the street names in the United Kingdom. If you can’t find your family by doing a name search, but you have found them on other censuses, try looking at a street name index. When searching the census, it is important not to get discouraged. It is rare that a family will just be missed on the census. It does happen, but not often. If you can’t find your family the first time around, try spelling variations, try looking up neighbors, and if you’re looking in the United Kingdom, try searching through a street name index. Don’t give up! There is always another search to try.
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