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SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 5 Dec 2012 01:42

Julie

Welcome to the GR Boards


just a note that may help you .....................


birth years on a census may be up to 2 years out of synch with the known birth year.

The residents were asked for their age in years, and the modern-day transcriber had to change that into a birth year ......................... hence the fact that someone's birth year may differ.

It all depends on a person's actual birth date vs the date on which the census was taken.


Added to this is that people often did not know exactly how old they were ........ and this gets worse the further back you go. Birth dates and age were just not as important as we think them

So, always search for birth year +/- 2


You will also find that the 1841 Census is different again .........................

the enumerators were supposed to round DOWN the age of any person over the age of 15 to the nearest 5 ..........

this means that anyone shown as age 20 could actually have been age 20-24


so you search on the 1841 for birth year +/- 5


You do have to be wary ............... not all enumerators did as they were supposed to!!



Good luck




sylvia

Julie

Julie Report 4 Dec 2012 22:18

Wow that's all amazing- thanks very much! Made my day

Cheers, Julie :-)

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:26

death index
Name: Dawson Nicholson
Birth Date: abt 1873
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1951
Age at Death: 78
Registration district: Durham North Western
Inferred County: Durham
Volume: 1a
Page: 732

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:23

marriage
Margaret Ann Hewison quarter Oct-Nov-Dec 1900 Gateshead Durham
Dawson Nicholson

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:20

? birth index
Name: Dawson Nicholson
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1872
Registration district: Gateshead
Inferred County: Durham
Volume: 10a
Page: 896

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:18

1911 married 10years 4 children 1 died
Name: Dawson Nicholson
Age in 1911: 38
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Relation to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Blaydon, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Street Address: 1 Rectory Lane Winlaton
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Machine (driller) Loco Works
Registration district: Gateshead

Name: Margaret Ann Nicholson
Age in 1911: 34
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relation to Head: Wife
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Winlaton, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Street Address: 1 Rectory Lane Winlaton
Marital Status: Married
Registration district: Gateshead


Name: Lillian Nicholson
Age in 1911: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1902
Relation to Head: Daughter
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Winlaton, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton

Name: John Nicholson
Age in 1911: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1903
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Winlaton, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton

Name: Florence Nicholson
Age in 1911: 3
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1908
Relation to Head: Daughter
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Winlaton, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:16

1901
Name: Dawson Nicholson
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Margaret A Nicholson
Gender: Male
Where born: Blaydon, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton
Ecclesiastical parish: Winlaton St Paul
Town: Winlaton
County/Island: Durham
Country: England


Name: Margaret A Nicholson
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relation: Wife
Spouse's Name: Dawson Nicholson
Gender: Female
Where born: Winlaton, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton
Ecclesiastical parish: Winlaton St Paul
Town: Winlaton
County/Island: Durham

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:14

1891
Name: Dawson Nicholson
Age: 17
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1874
Relation: Son
Father's Name: John Nicholson
Mother's Name: Jane Nicholson
Gender: Male
Where born: Blaydon, Durham, England
Household Members:
Name Age
John Nicholson 64
Jane Nicholson 58
Elizabeth Nicholson 32
John Nicholson 20
Robert Nicholson 19
Dawson Nicholson 17
Alice Nicholson 16

jansmith

jansmith Report 4 Dec 2012 20:13

1881 hope this is the family
Name: Dawson Nicholson
Age: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Relation: Son
Father's Name: John Nicholson
Mother's Name: Jane Nicholson
Gender: Male
Where born: Blaydon, Durham, England
Civil parish: Winlaton
County/Island: Durham
Country: England
Household Members:
Name Age
John Nicholson 53 Where born: Hexham, Northumberland, England
Jane Nicholson 48 Where born: Rothbury, Northumberland, England
Mary Nicholson 27
Thomas Nicholson 19
John Nicholson 10
Robert Nicholson 9
Dawson Nicholson 8
Alice Nicholson 7

Julie

Julie Report 4 Dec 2012 19:59

Thanks Jill and Andrew that's a big help; I had a breakthrough and found his mam and dad! Had a very exciting half hour thanks to my mam. But now have lost the thread of his dad as he's not in any census either.
His Dad was called Dawson Nicholson born in Winlaton Co Durham in 1870, so really grateful if anyone can shed light on him.

Cheers, Julie

emilyempstead

emilyempstead Report 4 Dec 2012 19:05

hello Julie

Was he born in Scotland or abroad, changed his name. Does An***try have military, or school records if he was born in London? Try searching for years either side. Does he have brothers or sisters whose names you can search for, to give you an area he may have been born in. My dad's family assumed a different name to escape family anger and some of the children have names that bear no relevance to their correct surname.

regards Jill

Andrew

Andrew Report 4 Dec 2012 19:03

Hi Julie and welcome to the GR boards.

If you care to post the info about your grandad, then people here can help you.

We need any info you have, date and place of birth, who he married, anny children etc.

Andy

Julie

Julie Report 4 Dec 2012 18:47

Wonder if anyone can advise me what to do; looking for info on my grandad's line but can't even find him in the census- I know his birthdate exactly but I can't find him registered where I know they lived or ever after until a marriage record. Welcome any advice!

Cheers, Julie