Every family historian hits a brick will in their research from time to time. Don’t give up – we’ve all been there. Here are some hints that might help you. Why isn’t my ancestor in the census? Check the date your ancestor died, if you know it. See if you can find their spouse listed as “widow” or “widower”. Were… Read more ›
Sometimes, relatives can seem to disappear from your family history search, apparently without reason. If your family are curiously absent from a census you expected them to appear on, they may have been travelling when the census was taken. Even if you don’t think your family travelled or migrated, it’s always worth checking passenger lists to see whether your ancestor… Read more ›
The 1911 England & Wales census also on findmypast.com gives insight into a variety of occupations that have lost significance in a modern world. The records include entertainingly ambiguous job titles, including knockers-up, snobs, chocolate dippers, devils, hokey-pokey men, and bondagers.
A feature of the Passenger Lists, from the 1920s on, is the inclusion of a last known address in the UK next to the passenger’s name.
This is of enormous use and interest for family historians – seeing where an ancestor was living before they emigrated or, indeed, went on holiday. It is also an easy way of being sure that the passenger on board is the person that you were searching for.