Yorkshire Chess History
UK Census Information
Information in UK censuses is subject to copyright owned by The National Archives. Use of such information is allowed, indeed encouraged, in accordance with the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/open-government-licence.htm) within whose scope UK census information falls.
Census Sources for This Website
Sources of Census Data in General
Census information is often available in local studies libraries, usually on microfiche, and is also made available on-line by The National Archives via various partners. For the 1841 to 1891 decennial censuses the “partner” is Ancestry.co.uk, for 1901 it is 1901censusonline.com, and for 1911 it is Findmypast.com. See http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/census-records.htm. In practice, Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast.com provide access to all available years’ censuses.
Generally speaking, access to Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast.com involves paying some sort of subscription. In practice, public libraries with public computer access tend to have a subscription to one or other site, so if you have computer access at your local library then you can in such cases access one or other site free of cost.
Often local history societies have a website which carries copies of census data for a locality, and numerous individuals have person family-history websites which reproduce census data on family members. Thus “Googling” a name can throw up census data, but such cases are exceptional.
Cursive handwriting is notoriously difficult to decipher, sometimes. Initials are especially subject to misreading. “S”, “I”, “J” and “T”, for instance, are often confused, all being sometimes written as a roughly vertical stroke with vague wiggly bits at each end. This transcription problem used to produce errors in newspapers, as they where composited from handwritten articles. In the case of census data, the same problems mean that searching on-line databases can fail to find things because of such transcription errors affecting the transcribed data which is searched.
Luckily, images of the original documents concerned can be read on the above-mentioned websites, allowing one to make one’s own interpretation of initials, street names and places of birth, which are often manifestly wrong in the transcribed data.
Census information in this website should not be taken as an exact statement of what is contained in the census record, but should be taken as the writer’s reading and interpretation of the census record.