Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was:
1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Census records? How many years? Are there duplicate entries?
2) Describe that ancestor’s entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.
Because my ancestors have been in Australia from between 1841 and 1863, and census records haven’t been kept in Australia, these ancestors only appeared in a couple of censuses before migrating. So, to find the ancestor with the most census entries, I had to look at their parents.
I have 3 ancestors who appeared on 4 UK census records – the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 censuses: Elizabeth Sidebottom, Silvester Oliver and Mary Ann Burgess.
Elizabeth Sidebottom married Mark Oldroyd in 1816.
In 1841, Elizabeth was in the household of Mark Oldroyd at Rail Road, Lake Lock, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Also with them were John age 20, Joshua age 13, Jane age 13, Amos age 10, Rachel age 8, and James age 5.
In 1851, Elizabeth was in the household of Mark Oldroyd at Boom Mile, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe. Also in the household was son James, age 15.
In 1861, Elizabeth was in the household of Mark Oldroyd at Boom Mile, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe. Also in the household were daughter Elizabeth age 35, and grandson Joe Horsfall age 14.
Mark died in 1868, so in 1871, Elizabeth was in the household of her son in law, John Wright, age 45, at Outwood Cottage, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe. Also in the household was John’s wife Elizabeth (her daughter) and John and Elizabeth’s son George John Wright (her grandson), age 6.
Elizabeth died in 1878.
Silvester Oliver and Mary Ann Burgess were married in 1824, so they were listed on the 4 census records together. They lived all their lives in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, so that is where they were living in all the census records.
In 1841, the place was listed as Lane. Silvester was 36 years old, and was a butcher. His wife was also 36 years old. They were listed with: Frederick, age 16, Joseph age 14, Emily age 12, Henry age 9, Silvester age 7, Mary age 5, Sarah age 4 and Arthur age 1.
In 1851, they were living in Dolphin Lane. Silvester was still a butcher, and was 45 years old. The rest of the household were listed only with initials: his wife M. A. Oliver was aged 45, daughter E age 21, son Hy age 19, son S age 17, daughter M A age 15, daughter S age 13, son A age 11, daughter E age 8 and daughter A age 5.
In 1861, they were living in Cross Lane. Silvester was a butcher, age 55, his wife Mary A was age 55, and they only had one daughter, Elizabeth age 18, living with them.
In 1871, they were living back in Dolphin Lane. Silvester was a butcher, aged 65, and Mary Ann was also age 65. Their daughter Elizabeth age 27 was still living with them. They also had a lodger, William Burgess age 73, living with them.
Silvester died in 1879, and Mary Ann died in 1872.
Although my ancestors didn’t appear in many census records, many of the siblings of those who came to Australia remained in the United Kingdom. The person I have found the most census records for was Mary Donaldson Dandie, the sister of my 2x great grandmother Euphemia Dandie. Mary appeared on all the censuses from 1841 to 1911, firstly in Scotland and later in England. Details can be found in my post Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Ancestor With Most Census Entries.