Why am I unable to locate my Ancestors on Census records?

If you are having difficulties locating your Ancestor in the Census records:

  • It could be that they are there, but you haven't found them yet.
    • Allow for mis spellings and mis transcriptions the wild card facility is a useful tool for this.
  • They could be missing from the Census altogether or in a part of the Census that has since gone missing. You can get a rough idea of which parts of a census are missing by searching in Discovery, The National Archives online catalogue. This will enable you to discover if a Parish is missing. Below is a useful link relating to missing Census pages:
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