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Join me in promoting GR's 1911 census records

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nameslessone Report 25 Apr 2013 11:24

Most of us use a variety of websites - paying to use the best one for our own research and using other sites for free at local libraries or Family History Society branches. Or ask for help on here.
The Genes 1911 records are now no better or worse than anyone elses so why does anyone need to actively promote it as being better than others.

How lucky Nana Sue is in only needing the one site. How boring that must be - no exasperating headache because the site doesn't have the records needed, the frantic search to find out where you can access the information. And for some of us, no hunting out of the passport because records are only available in the originating place.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Apr 2013 11:23

Yes indeedy.

I am sure the best way to show how good the records are and what can be found on them is by demonstration rather than mere words?

So I can only assume that NanaSue will be more than happy to do searches for anyone who can not at present afford a full sub here?

NanaSue, can you have a look for a Harriett Louisa Whetman born 1863 Kingston Surrey for me please?

Other people have tried and failed, though possibly not using GR records. So that will be a good test of how much better than the 'competition' GR records are.

Any census after 1871, a baptism , marriage ...anything of that sort would be good.

I think it would be great if you could put your 15 years genealogy expertise into promoting this site by showing how good it is, and make it even better, by helping newbies and oldies alike.

That would surely encourage everyone to 'promote' this site wherever and whenever asked for recommendations :-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 25 Apr 2013 11:18

Good tips if you only have access to GR records.

The 1911 is also held on at least 2 other popular FH sites.
Records poorly transcribed on one site, may be correctly done so on a different one

If members get stuck, then do put up a post on Find Ancestors where other members would be only to happy to help you find the records.


GlitterBaby Report 25 Apr 2013 11:13

Well no as I do not use them.

They do not have the London records that I need for my research so I can not promote something that I never use.

A lot of members will have no idea what a spreadsheet is or how to use them.


CupCakes Report 25 Apr 2013 10:49

I never see anybody promoting GR records.
The 1911 census records are just brilliant - my prefered choice for searching.
I have found most of my missing records on there
They can be searched in any way almost like a spreadsheet search by playing around with the names, date end districts.
Easiest way is to first try a surname search only with a plus or minus whatever you want.
I try the whole surname list first and gradually narrow down the years
Found many family records by just searching for a childs name - their DOB's are often more accurate.

You can see an individal's household record, a full household record, the original census with no covered last/disability column - pages can be checked forward/backwards and the numerators records can also be seen as well

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Note before anybody shouts: I do use lots of sites for searching and cross checking records like lots of people do but I always check GR records first because this is where I started.
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