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Ancestry problems.

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Alyson. Report 10 Sep 2013 19:51

Is there anyone else experiencing problems with the 1901 Wales census on Ancestry.
I can put any name in the search box ( researching Williams) and no matches come back.

Alyson. :-(


GlitterBaby Report 10 Sep 2013 19:57

Just tried it and getting the same as you

Putting in a christian name as well also gets the same result


Alyson. Report 10 Sep 2013 20:02

Thank you Glitter Baby.
It was the same last night.
I am trying to find a William John Williams who was born c1887 in Merthyr Tydfil. I have found him married to Annie and living with children May c1908 Merthyr and Griffith c1909 Merthyr on the 1911 census but need to work backwards now.

Alyson xx


GlitterBaby Report 10 Sep 2013 20:06

Wonder if it is because Wales is the only one that says UPDATED for 1901

Looks as if Ancestry have done something strange as putting in just a christian name and place of birth also gets no results


Alyson. Report 10 Sep 2013 20:10

I noticed and wondered that too Glitter.
I have not been on there for months and now i need to use it it does not work. Typical xx


ArgyllGran Report 10 Sep 2013 22:10


Marriages Dec 1907 (>99%)
JONES Annie Merthyr T. 11a 1360
WILLIAMS William John Merthyr T. 11a 1360


ArgyllGran Report 10 Sep 2013 22:12


Births Jun 1907 (>99%)
Williams May Merthyr T. 11a 847
Williams May Merthyr T. 11a 794

1911 census gives her age as 2yrs10 months, which should make her birth 1908, but no sign of it on FreeBMD. Maybe they were trying to cover up the fact that she was born before they married?

On the other hand, maybe May was her middle name, in which case there are several other possible births, in 1908.


ArgyllGran Report 10 Sep 2013 22:13


Births Mar 1910 (>99%)
WILLIAMS Griffith Merthyr T 11a 863


Alyson. Report 10 Sep 2013 22:16

Thank you Argyll Gran.

I will check them out

Alyson xx

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 11 Sep 2013 18:45

Do you know his dads name

Wondered about this one

1901 census transcription details for: Shop, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil

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National Archive Reference:
RG number: RG13
Piece: 5031
Folio: 96
Page: 27
Reg. District: Merthyr Tydfil
Sub District: Upper Merthyr Tydfil
Parish: Merthyr Tydfil
Enum. District: 25
Ecclesiastical District: Merthyr Tydfil Cyfarthfa Christ Church
City/Municipal Borough:
Address: Shop, Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil
County: Glamorganshire
Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
WILLIAMS, William Head Married M 55 1846 Steel & Iron Dresser
Llangattock, Carmarthenshire
WILLIAMS, Mary Wife Married F 56 1845
Merthyr Tydfil
WILLIAMS, Kate Daughter Single F 28 1873
Merthyr Tydfil
WILLIAMS, Pollie Daughter Single F 22 1879
Merthyr Tydfil
WILLIAMS, Willie Son Single M 16 1885 Apprentice To Fitter
Merthyr Tydfil