Tarrant Crawford, Dorset
This set of pages gives a transcription of the 1881 census for Tarrant Crawford, with a surname index which I have personally produced. As with all transcriptions, it should be treated with caution, particularly with regard to names and places of birth, which were at times difficult to decipher. I hope nevertheless that it will be of some help to people researching ancestors in this parish.
Introduction to the 1881 census
The columns shown on the enumeration schedules for this census are:
- No. of Householder's Schedule
- Name of Street, Place or Road and Name or No. of house
- Houses, with a separate column for inhabited and uninhabited houses - the columns simply contained a mark to enable the numbers to be counted
- Name and Surname of each Person who abode in the house on the Night of 3rd April 1881
- Relation to Head of Family
- Condition as to marriage
- Age last birthday, subdivided into:
- Rank, Profession or Occupation
- Where Born
- Whether Deaf-and-Dumb, Blind, Imbelcile or Idiot, or Lunatic
- The first column serves to give each household a numeric identity
- Condition means marital status. In this case, as in most, the options are:
- Mar = married
- U = unmarried
- Wid = widow or widower (these are sometimes given in full)
- [blank] = normally for children under about 15
Users should be aware that the quality of the records is sometimes poor, for a variety of reasons:
- The handwriting used is in some cases so poor as to be unintelligible.
- There are often marks on the original which obscure the writing. Ages are particularly prone to this problem, on this and other censuses.
- Most people at the time were illiterate, so the enumerator wrote down what he heard, or thought he heard. This leads to many variations in spelling of names. For example, on this census the name "CHERRETT" is shown as "JERRETT", while farmer Richard BRIAN in 1841 has become Richard BRINE here.
- The quality of filming the original records is vary variable, some being too faint to read. (Access is available only to the films, not the original paper records).
- The schedules which were retained and filmed were themselves transcribed by the enumerators from their own original records, and so are prone to transcription errors.
- Many people did not know for certain where or when they were born (no certificates), and others falsified their age, so ages and places of birth are unreliable for adults.
About this transcription
In order to make this data available even to those with very old browsers, I have avoided the use of tables in its presentation. By using indented lists with bullet points I have also avoided the need for horizontal scrolling, which would make for difficult viewing.
The presentation here consists of two parts, the surname index and the data "as enumerated".
The surname index shows each personal entry with the surname in block capitals, followed by the name exactly (or as near as the transcriber could interpret it) as on the original schedule. Clicking on the name leads to the corresponding entry in the transcription of the "as enumerated" part.
In the "as enumerated" part, I have omitted the contents of empty columns.The nature of the entries makes it clear which they are. In most cases there is no street or house name or number, the "Whether Blind or Deaf-and-Dumb" column is always blank, and the "Rank, Profession or Occupation" column is blank for many people.
I have used the first level of indentation to group all the information for a household, with just an identifying number (in place of the original the "No. of Householder's Schedule", which was not available on the transcription provided to me) column unindented. The second level of indentation shows the name of the house (if any) and the name of each person. The third level gives the information against each individual, one line per column on the original form, except that for clarity I have converted the two age columns (one each for males and females) to a single entry per person. Ditto marks in the original have been expanded by the transcriber to the full wording as in the preceding entry. In other respects I have endeavoured to keep the wording identical to that on the original schedule.
I have also added a simple statistical summary at the end.
The census "as enumerated"
The 1881 census "as enumerated" is on a separate page.
The surname index
The 1881 census surname index is also on a separate page.
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