Before the Modern Census - Name-rich sources from 1690 to 1837 (381)


Tutor: Else Churchill


What do you do when the nominal census records that you have used so much are no longer there, when you cannot obtain names, ages, birthplaces and the household address of a family? And how do you supplement the deficiencies of parish registers?

Your attention should turn to a variety of lists which at least reveal where someone lived at a particular time. Though this seems scant information, such facts can be vitally important especially in those years when children were not born and christened.

Over four lessons you will learn about the introduction of newspapers, the earliest efforts at census taking, and what other records are considered to be useful census substitutes. Census substitutes are often quite local in scope and purpose. Many will be explained and advice will be given on how to search for local lists. You will come away with an understanding of how to make the most of census substitutes, some new online search skills, and an ability to assess and access these sources.

Lesson Headings:
  • Different world, different sources
  • The first enumerations, 1801 - 1831
  • Landowners, Traders and Freemen
  • Census substitutes and name-rich lists

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week See How the Courses Work.

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Relevant Countries: England & Wales

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: 31 Jul 2018
Unassessed Cost: £45.99

Assessed Cost: £61.00

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