1871 Cornwall Census Frequently Asked Questions

This page has been taken from the  web site and is included in this web as a guide to all who are searching there Cornish roots. Before you start your search it would be advisable to read the article.

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QUESTION: What is the 1871 Cornwall Census?
ANSWER: Cornwall is located on the Cornish Peninsula in south west England. It is bounded by Devonshire on the east, by the Bristol Channel on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and the English Channel on the south. In ancient times the Cornish tin and copper mines were celebrated. In fact the Cornish have been extracting tin from Cornwall for at least 3,000 years. At first this was surface mining. By the 19th Century many of the mines were as deep as 5,000 feet. Thus creating the extreme hazards of large amounts of ground water and heat. Prices on the world markets were also unstable leaving the Cornish miner no other choice but to migrate to other countries where their mining know how gave them an advantage. From 1830 to 1900 320,000 people moved from Cornwall.
From 1801 the United Kingdom has taken censuses of its people every ten years. The Cornwall Census taken Sunday, 2 April 1871 enumerated the people in the state of Cornwall, England. It provides a valuable link between registered births, marriages and deaths after 1 July 1837 and locally held parish registers of baptism, marriage and burial, which theoretically date from 1538.

QUESTION: What information was included in the 1871 Census?
ANSWER: From 1801 to 1831 the censuses were simply head counts with no personal information on individuals recorded (except in exceptional cases). Beginning with the 1841 Census, personal information on individuals was recorded. The 1871 Census recorded the following details about each individual:

QUESTION: What do the abbreviations mean?
ANSWER: Most of the abbreviations extracted from the 1871 Cornwall Census we have expanded to the full words. However, there may be a few that we missed. So here are the abbreviations and their meaning: If you find other abbreviations not listed here and you would like to know what they mean please email and we will research them.

QUESTION: Why can't I find my ancestor in the Census?
ANSWER: Here are a few reasons you may not find your ancestor in the 1871 Cornwall Census.

QUESTION: Who did this extraction?
ANSWER: The 1871 Cornwall, England census, was extracted through the volunteer work of Richard and June Ross.

QUESTION: How do I see the rest of my 480 hits?
ANSWER: The search engine used for the Cornwall Census will only show the first 200 hits. If your search returned more than 200 hits you will have to narrow your search by reducing the date range or by adding a given name or initial to the search criteria.

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For additional information about other Censuses for England and Wales see: GenDocs-Census Returns for England & Wales.


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