Buried under the Census!

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In the past three years I have collected a vast amount of census related material on Robert D’Onston Stephenson, his mother and father, his brothers and sisters, and his uncle, auntie and cousins.  Not to mention the collection on some of the “supporting cast” including Thomas Piles, Dr Kelburne King, Drs Brett and McKay, Annie Deary, and more.  Whilst many of these were done on my computer with an Ancestry subscription, many where done at local libraries and archival centres.

When the work was done at home, the entries where transcribed as I found them, thus giving me a clear time line for selected family members, however, as an equal amount was done externally, these were filed away for future reference.

I never actually realised how big this collection was, until last night, when I was faced with the task of sorting through the material, to file it in boxes per individual, therefore making research easier, and less time consuming.

To date I have over 100 files on different people associated with Robert D’Onston Stephenson.  Each file contains,

  • Birth, Marriage, and Death information
  • Census returns from 1841 to 1901, and in a couple of cases 1911
  • Grave Transcriptions
  • Obituaries
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Newspaper reports
  • Misc files such as lunacy reports, criminal convictions, and magistrates appearances

In creating such a space, I am now able to see wether or not I have the correct information, and wether I can fill any gaps that appear in the lives of those that surrounded Robert D’Onston Stephenson!

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