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Activity 2: Millgate & Dunkirk Census 1861 - Data Source

In response to the growing interest in family research, largely made possible by the Internet, a vast range of census data is available on the World Wide Web.

Most of the data is structured in a form that enables us to look up specific family information. This Activity Sheet is primarily in that form, though we have introduced two derived fields, the 'Family Size' field and the 'Household Size' field. The purpose of giving the census information in this form - which you access by clicking where indicated below - is so that you can see clearly how the data has been structured for the analysis you can undertake on 'Millgate & Dunkirk Census 1861 - Analysis' page.

These census records everyone in the village on the one night in 1861. They are part of the whole Aylsham census record; the 'Address' field has been used to make the selection, using the headings Millgate, Dunkirk and Gas Works.

The data used here has been transcribed from the original records Where some doubt on the transcription exists, the original writing has been followed as closely as possible. Certainly many of the respondents would not be able to write or spell, and the enumerator would often make the best guess on what he thought they had said.

Click here to open a separate window with the full Millgate & Dunkirk datafile. These are the fields it gives.
Parish: This is Aylsham for every entry
Schedule: A schedule number was given for each house
Address: In this selection, the enumerator used the names Millgate, Dunkirk or Gas Works
Inhabited: Whether or not the property was inhabited.
Forname: The forename of each person in the house
Surname: The surname of each person in the house
Relationship: A 'Head' of each household should have been recorded. He/she would have been responsible for seeing that information given was accurate. This field gives the relationship of every other person in the house to that 'Head'. In this transcription, derived forms have been used, to assist certain types of analysis. There is one unusual entry in this selection, where one dwelling has joint 'Heads' listed.
Condition: Whether each person was married, unmarried or a widow/er. The assumption - which cannot be guaranteed to be correct - has been made that every person not recorded as being married or a widow/er is unmarried - again to help with analysis.
Sex: Male or female
Age: The persons age in years. Babies under one year are recorded in months on the original; to help with analysis, they are given as 0 years here
Family size: The number of related person living in a house. This is a 'derived' field.
House Size: The total number of persons living in a house. This is a 'derived' field.
Occupation: The trade of the person, Not every person is regarded as having an occupation.
Birth Town: The town or village of birth of the person
Birth Location: This field generally records the county of birth of the person

Some questions to consider:

Are you familiar with all the 'Occupations' - for instance, what is a 'Pollard Dealer' and a 'Waterman'?

From scanning the file, are there occupations we have today that didn't exist in 1861?

What is the most common occupation in Millgate?

What is the most common occupation in Dunkirk?

Now use the file from the same data on 'Activity 3: The Millgate & Dunkirk Census 1861 - analysis' page, to see which of these questions the computer can help you answer!

If at any point you would like to check the original written form, the 'Ancestry.co.uk' web site, a subscription site, has all the forms available.

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