Census Returns.

Census returns are, by their nature and content, family events as opposed to events that are attributed to an individual such as birth and death.

Recently, therefore, when I have been adding an image of a census return to the database I have added it such that it is linked only to a family. i.e. a couple, married or otherwise, who appear as a family in the database. This means that the image is accessible from the records of both of the parents of the family. There is, however, no access to the image from the records of children in the family even though they may appear as an entry in the census return.

It is, of course, possible to manually link all of the children to the image but this results in a larger database and a prohibitive amount of extra time being spent on linking, particularly where large families are involved.

So how do you know that a census return exists for a child and how do you access the image?

On every record of an individual there are details of the parents of that individual and, within those details, there are references to any census data that the parent records might contain.

Look at the example below

As you will be able to see there are no references to any census returns for Margaret, but in her parent's details there are two references to census returns, one for 1881 and one for 1891.

To see these images you simply need to click on either of the parents' names to display their record where there are thumbnails of, and links to, the full size images.

In our example Margaret was born in 1883 so she will not appear in the 1881 census but should appear in the 1891 return but all census returns are shown in her parent's details because they are family events.

Notwithstanding the above there are some records of individuals where the census return is listed and linked to, but in future this will not normally be the case.

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