There certainly was a census in 1841, the first to include names of
individuals. Ages for adults are rounded to the nearest five years but
those 15 and under should be shown with their correct ages. Place of birth
is not shown, just a Y if born in the county, and relationships are not
shown as in later censuses. I believe the original pages were completed in
pencil, and many of the pages are virtually unreadable.
A company called Stepping Stones produced a set of CDs of the Devon 1841
census, but their scans were poor and large sections of the census pages
are totally unreadable.
Archive CD Books recently released their set using much more sophisticated
scanning equipment, but even some pages in that are unreadable.
It is not indexed, although some societies etc may have indexed parts of
it. It is a very slow process going through even one village or area, and
can be difficult to find people even if you know where they were at that
time. I spent hours the other day just going through four villages,
eventually found the family I was looking for toward the end of the fourth
one, very hard on the eyes due to variable writing and page quality.
At 09:34 AM 31/10/2004, you wrote:
Dear listers, I am wondering if any one can tell me if there was a
in Devon in 1841. I am looking for a William Gill and wife Mary nee Pope.
Children were John, Elizabeth and William. I would appreciate any help.
Regards Elaine in Brisbane Australia.
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