Do you have any ancestors who were present and counted for all the main census records from 1841 to 1911 (UK)?

+9 votes

I have a vague idea that someone may have mentioned this, but I cannot remember where. It may have been here in G2G or not.

Anyway, I am asking this question - just for FUN.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ANCESTORS who were counted for each of the main census records in the UK?

(This counts from 1841 to 1911 - which means a total of 8 census collections)

My ancestor for whom I have just added 2 missing census records was my 2x great grandfather - Isaac Burrow (1824 - 1913).

I cannot ask this same question for the US census for 3 reasons -

1 - they have 100 years of census records (1840 to 1940) and it is unlikely that anyone lived for the full 100 years.

2 - Pretty much NOONE will be in the 1890 census since those census returns were destroyed by fire.

3 - the 1840 census really only recorded the heads of house and did not name the children.

WikiTree profile: Isaac Burrow
in The Tree House by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (979k points)

10 Answers

+6 votes
One of my great great grandmothers Sarah Susannah Roberts is in all the English census from 1841 when as a 6 year old girl, she is living with her parents in St Breward, Cornwall, to1911 when as Sarah Susannah Philp she is living in Penzance, Cornwall with one of her daughters and her family, this time aged 74.

In between times she was married to Robert Crowl or Crowle, and her eldest daughter, Elizabeth Hannah Crowl emigrated to Australia with her husband Richard Marshall and that's where my grandfather was born.
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (510k points)
I just checked and she didn't die until 9 June 1921 and would probably have been in the next census as well.
+5 votes
Very interesting!  I had no idea this would be so rare!  Although i have 3 grandparents born in England, none of their ancestors achieved this! I had one who came close by a few months - my gg grandfather [[Lambell-8 | Samuel Lambell]] was born in 1833 and passed away in 1911 - in January. He was enumerated in 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 - but missed 1911 by passing away a few months before the census was taken.  Now i am inspired to get all his census sources onto his profile.
by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (204k points)
In Canada, it would be possible to get a run of the same length starting in 1851 and going through to 1921.
Shirley - your ancestor was THIS close (finger and thumb half an inch apart) to fulfiiling my challenge!!

There is a table down at the bottom of the below page on Canadian Confederation that shows the date that each province and territory joined the confederation.

This challenge could only have been done by someone living in one of the 4 original provinces before the time of Confederation in 1867!!
it is an interesting challenge! promotes adding sources as well!
+4 votes
Yes, has a full set of censuses (plus baptism marriage and death records).
by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (254k points)
I have since found two or three other profiles that had all but one missing census, so I searched them out and added them. Some are a bit tricky due to misspellings/transcriptions or wrong recorded age on the census.

That's now my task for today - search out missing/elusive censuses. I'm currently working on a profile I hadn't got round to fleshing out that had only one census and no bio.
+4 votes

I have a few, but the one that comes to mind is Abraham Gyte He is my third cousins three times removed. (or so wikitree tells me). I mentioned him in week 5 of 52 ancestors.

Others are
Isaac Gyte
Thomas Keeling
Ann (Horner) Moxon
Job Taylor

I have few others that are probably in all the census, but the census records still need tracing and they need biographies. I have at least two that should appear in the 1921 census as well.

by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
edited by Joan Whitaker
+4 votes
My great great grandmother Caroline Gawthrop (née Tuffs) was born in 1840 and recorded in all the censuses; she should be in the 1921 census when it comes out, as well. I even have a photograph!
by Deborah Pate G2G6 Mach 4 (44.8k points)
+3 votes

I knew of one, my great , great grandfather, Thomas Linnett He would have been living at the next census also.

This spurred me on to add a biography to another who I knew had lived for that period but didn't have one.

 ('m apparently his second great grand niece which is a bit of a mouthful!)

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (371k points)
+3 votes
Interesting. I've started checking. One certainly - Rosetta Patience Hedges 1830-1916. 1st cousin 3x removed.

But she hasn't arrived on WT yet.
by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (257k points)
I've now found about a dozen. On WT Pearson-5548
+2 votes

Sarah Windsor  has the right lifespan, but sadly I can't find her in 1851 or 1901. 1901 is especially puzzling as she is in the same road in 1891 and 1911. If anyone can find the missing entries I'd be interested. In 1851 I found someone of the same name staying with an older brother, but I can't find a brother of that name for her.


by Tim Partridge G2G6 Mach 3 (35.3k points)
You might want to contact Ros Haywood to discuss your Stumbles family

Ros has produced a fairly extensive Stumbles family tree as part of the Wikitree global tree.

I have a somewhat distant connection to the Stumbles tree by marriage....
+2 votes

I've found one in a few seconds!!  I may have more. Susannah Boyce  She died soon after the 1911 census at the age of 86.

by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 3 (36.2k points)
+1 vote

I've got 14 of them!  The only ones on WikiTree so far are: - Josephine Christina Waghorn Swanson, my g-g-grandmother - George Currie Templeton, my g-g-uncle.

I think that'll be today's game - updating these profiles and adding the others to WikiTree wink

by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 7 (79.1k points)

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