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pre 1841 census

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George Report 26 Jul 2003 22:29

Hi This is something I found the PRO site: Militia Conscription, 1758-1831: A Kind of Census A form of conscription was used: each year, the parish was supposed to draw up lists of adult males, and to hold a ballot to choose those who had to serve in the militia. The militia lists (of all men) and the militia enrolment lists (of men chosen to serve) should in theory provide complete and annual censuses of all men aged between 18 and 45 from 1758 to 1831. The surviving lists, held locally, can be very informative, giving details about individual men and their family circumstances. However, the coverage of the country, for various reasons, is not complete. For more information see J S W Gibson and M Medlycott, Militia Lists and Musters, 1757-1876 (FFHS, 1989). Records of the militia once formed are also usually in county record offices. Other locally-held sources are the poor law records, which can include orders for the maintenance of children of militia men. It might be an idea to enquire at your local records offices about how many have survived. George