Document of the month
This month’s document depicts a scene which would have taken place across the country- the completion of a census return. Rose Shuttleworth is seen here filling in the census return with her family members in 1891 at Steep, near Petersfield. Not only were family members present, including Rose’s mother, Susan Kemp, but also a number of servants whose birthplaces range from Norfolk to Kent. An indication of how far our ancestors travelled for work. Even more confusingly a visitor also happened to be present whose information was recorded in this census. This could be particularly perplexing for anybody looking for this visitor at their usual address.
Census returns are a fantastic resource for family history having taken place every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941. However, it wasn’t until 1841 that the census first listed the names of every individual. The census offers a wealth of information including, names, relationships, marital status, age, occupation, address and more. Census records from 1801-1911 can be accessed online through Ancestry or Findmypast which is freely available to use at Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.
Hampshire Archives and Local Studies are holding a new series of workshops in 2017. Our first workshop will be an introduction to family history sources and how to use them, including census records taking place on 28 February 2-4pm. Cost: £14, advance booking required.