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yvonne Report 28 Mar 2013 08:56

can any one tell me what ck means on a census

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 28 Mar 2013 09:11

Welcome to the boards Yvonne.

Which census are you looking at please?

Can you tel us where this ck appears on a census please?

Nk is not known but I don't think I have seen ck.


yvonne Report 28 Mar 2013 09:33

on the 1901 the cornwall census
it might not be ck but it looks like it
If it helps it is for a woman with 2 children but no father mentioned but i know he came to her wedding.


Kense Report 28 Mar 2013 09:49

I take it you are looking at an image of the census. Have you looked at transcriptions. The whole of Cornwall is covered by FREECEN which may give you a clue and Cornwall OPCs may be able to help.


Andysmum Report 28 Mar 2013 10:09

Is it in the occupation column?

Perhaps Cook or Clerk?


greyghost Report 28 Mar 2013 10:27

Are you able to post the census so we can take a look?


InspectorGreenPen Report 28 Mar 2013 13:15

Here is some info on abbreviations - sadly no specific mention of ck though.

Abbreviations Used On Census Returns
England & Wales 1841-1891

In the course of copying out their returns, the census enumerators were given permission to use certain abbreviations for occupations. This practice was most extensive in 1841, and gradually diminished thereafter. By 1871 the only abbreviation mentioned was ‘Ag. Lab.’ for agricultural labourer. In 1881 a more general instruction was given - such contractions may be used as ‘ag. lab.’ for agricultural labourer, but care must be taken that the contractions used are such as will be readily understood.

Ag. Lab. ~ Agricultural Labourer (1841-81 Census)

Ap. ~ Apprentice (1841-61 Census)

Army ~ Members of HM land forces of whatever rank (1841 Census)

Cl. ~ Clerk (1841-61 Census)

F.S. ~ Female Servant (1841 Census)

H.P. ~ Members of HM armed forces on half-pay (1841 Census)

Ind. ~ Independent - people living on their own means (1841 Census)

J. ~ Journeyman (1841 Census)

M. ~ Manufacturer (1841 Census)

m. ~ Maker - as in ‘Shoe m.’ (1841 Census)

M.S. ~ Male Servant (1841 Census)

Navy ~ Members of HM naval forces, including marines, of whatever rank (1841 Census)

P. ~ Pensioner in HM armed forces (1841 Census)

Rail. Lab. ~ Railway Labourer (1841 Census)

Serv. ~ Servant (1841 Census)

Sh. ~ Shopman (1841 Census)


InspectorGreenPen Report 28 Mar 2013 13:17

Even more examples on here.... but still no ck.....!


Reggie Report 28 Mar 2013 13:31

In which COLUMN?

If you C&P the census info, we will have more of an idea what the context is

If you can't manage that...tell us the woman's name, and birth year/birthplace

We need to SEE the record...........


yvonne Report 30 Mar 2013 09:47


its me again
now i know your all going think i am not that good but i am new to this and have
very little time do it in.
and i get so muddled with all the names

Q 1 What sites are free to use and will give me a lot of help as it seems to me it will cost me quite a lot money to do serches.

The abbrivations that was sent to me were great so thank you for that.

Q 2 the ck was in married part of the cesnus.
The name is Elizabeth Elliott. in 1900 cesus and lives in Cornwall.

:-( :-(


Kense Report 30 Mar 2013 09:59

The ck is actually the enumerators way of writing M (married) I think. I assume it is the Elizabeth Elliott living in Week St Mary. There are several others on that page with the same M.


MargaretM Report 30 Mar 2013 10:40

I agree with Ken, it's not ck it's M for married.


yvonne Report 30 Mar 2013 14:02

thats great .
thanks a lot know i can carry on
I am sure I will need more advice hope this is ok