Recently I discovered that I had “missed” two children in a family on my family tree. How did I discover this? Through the 1911 UK Census for the parents of the family.
Not only was the 1911 UK Census the first census to be released as the original documents filled out by the household, not as a collation of data in the Enumerators Return Book, but it was also the first census to ask about “fertility in marriage”, namely how many years married, how many children that marriage had produced, how many were still alive, and how many had died. As such, it is possible for family researchers to potentially find out about “missing” children, and also, to help narrow down possible years of death for the children.
Just because a child’s name appears on one census and not on the next does not necessarily mean a death has occurred. Depending on their age, the child may have Continue reading