UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, and Shropshire


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of another image, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the data on the image does not match one of the record types being indexed in this project, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Then submit the batch.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Census Form

Census Form

This census includes three forms: the Household form, Institution form, and Vessel form.

To select the type of census form:

  1. Click in the Census Form field.
  2. Click the down arrow at the right side of the field.
  3. Select the correct form type.
Folio Number

Folio Number

The folio number may be located in either the upper left or right corner of the page. The folio number was stamped on the document.

If no folio number was recorded, you may be able to determine the folio number from the previous or next image.

If the document does not have a folio number, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 19

Page Number

Page Number

The page number is located in either the upper left or right corner of the page, with the word “Page” in front of it.

If the document does not have a page number, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 27

Civil Parish

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

 

City/Municipal Borough

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

 

Municipal Ward

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Parliamentary Borough

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Town

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Ecclesiastical District

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Village or Hamlet

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

 

Local Board

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

TNA Piece Number

Indexers:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Entry Number

Entry Number

Type the entry number that was written or stamped on each record. 

The entry number was not recorded on the household form. So for the first record on the household form, type a 1 (one) in the field. The entry number will increase automatically for each subsequent record.

Click here to see an example:

Schedule Number

Schedule Number

Type the number that was written or stamped on each entry line in the first column of the form. On the Household form, the schedule number was usually written only once for each household. Type the same schedule number for each member of the household.

If the schedule or line number was not recorded, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 143

Given Names

Given Names

Type the given names that were written in the Name column.

The given names were usually written before the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Dorothy

Surname

Surname

Type the surname that was written in the Name column.

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

The surname may have been written only once for the first member of a family. However, it needs to be repeated for each family member.

If the census taker began recording a household at the bottom of the previous census page and continued at the top of the page you are indexing, you should be able to find the surname from the previous image by doing the following:

  • On the menu bar, click View.
  • Click Show Previous or Next Image.
  • In the window that appears, click the Previous Image button.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the last surname on the previous image.
  • Type the surname for each person in the same family on the page you are indexing.
  • Return to normal view by clicking View and then Show Previous or Next Image.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, baby, infant, or Mrs, with the name. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown" and it cannot be determined from the previous image, press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Procter

Titles or Terms

Titles or Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr, Jr, or Mr, that were recorded with the name in the Name column.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Tab

Relationship to Head of Family

Relationship to Head of Family

Type the relationship that was recorded in the Relation column.

If the relationship has been abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete word instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance.

If there are ditto marks, type the relationship from the previous record.

If the relationship was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Son

Condition

Condition

Select the condition from the drop-down list: U for unmarried or single (which is often abbreviated as “Unm”), M for married, W for widow, or D for divorced.

If the condition was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word “unknown,” press Ctrl+to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: W

Age

Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded, index the age as 0 (zero).

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 6

Gender

Gender

The gender was recorded in the Age column. The individual's age was recorded under either the male or female subheading.

Type either M for male or F for female.

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what the gender is from relationship terms, such as a son or daughter. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: F

Occupation

Occupation

Type the occupation that was written on the record. Sometimes the occupation was described at length. In this case, just index the main occupation name. For example, if the census taker wrote “Chaplain to Bradfield College,” just enter “Chaplain” in the Occupation field.

Use the lookup list for assistance. If the occupation was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the occupation was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Scholar

Birth County

Birth County

Type the name of the county that was recorded in the Where Born column. The county name may be written either before or after the city name.

If the birth county was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the birth county was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Surrey (The birth county was written after the birth city.)

Click here to see an example: Westmoreland (The birth county was written before the birth city.)

Birth Town or City

Birth Town or City

Type the name of the town or city that was recorded in the Where Born column. The town or city may be written either before or after the county.

If the town or city was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the birth town or city was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Windsor (The birth town or city was written after the birth county.)

Click here to see an example: Broadwell (The birth town or city was written before the birth county.)

Registration District

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Registrar's Sub-District

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Enumeration district Number

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

CD Line Number Suffix

Indexers:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank

CD UIR

Indexers:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank

CD Origins ID Number

Indexers:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This number is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank

Census County

Indexers:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index. Please do not change the number that is already found in this field.

Arbitrators:

This place is supplied from the FindMyPast index, but is occasionally being mixed up in our indexing process. Please follow these steps if this field requires arbitration:

If Key A has a value, accept the Key A value.

If Key A is empty, then select Key B.

If both keys are empty, press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.