• Each of the census forms was completed by the householder, which means that the writing varies considerably between forms.
• This was a challenge for the team of over 350 transcribers, who had to key all the information from the forms to make it searchable. On the website this means you can search for ancestors without needing to know the exact address where they were living.
• In some cases, the form was completed by someone other than the head of household – often an older child, or the enumerator, if literacy was a problem.
• Many people seem to have had difficulties completing the form: the age was meant to be put in the column denoting the sex of the person, and this foiled many people. Mistakes were either corrected by householder, or sometimes the enumerator who collected the form.
• Further annotations were added to the form when the statistical information was compiled. Codes were added for categories of occupations and for places of birth, to make counting more systematic.
• The information required included:
o Names of persons in each household or institution, including servants and lodgers
o Position in household
o Any disabilities (although this information remains closed until the full opening of the census in 2012 and will be blanked out in the images on screen)
o Place of birth or nationality
o Years of marriage (for married women)
o Number of children born to the marriage
o Number of children still lliving and the number that have died
o Full address of the property
o Signature of the person completing the form
o Number of rooms occupied (usually added by the enumerator)
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