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Post-1901 on-line research


Does anyone have any tips on how to research family members from 1901 to the present day (ish)? I'm trying to see if my great-grandfather has any other living descendants, and I'm reduced to guesswork on bmd records.
Hi Minden,

Going forward is always harder. Are you a member of Genes Reunited, I've
found distant relatives through them. The BMD is still a good source though it can be monotonous looking through the indexes as you probaly well know. Its a bit of a wait but the 1911 census will be out in 2012.
Does anyone have any tips on how to research family members from 1901 to the present day (ish)? I'm trying to see if my great-grandfather has any other living descendants, and I'm reduced to guesswork on bmd records.

I agree with Julie.Subscribing to Genes Reunited is well worthwhile (and cheap!).Putting your tree on the site then notifies you of possible name and birthyear matches ('Hot matches') on other peoples trees,who you can then contact via the site.You will be surprised how often you will link up with people researching other parts of your tree.They've often personal contact with family members you would never have known about.
I've made contact with relatives I didn't know existed and others I had long lost contact with.Some as far apart as Australia and Canada.
Happy hunting!
Another good place to look would be the obits, alot of the times they will names other family members, also if you live in the area, some of the cemetary keep a copy of all the newspaper clipping. That was how I first found where my grandfather was born and some of his sibling names.
Re; The 1901 Census I would like to mention that there are so many peoples names and places that are mistranscribed its just unbelievable .
A while ago now I used it to find my wifes great/grandparents ( 2 lots ) ,namely GRIFFIN`s and the CORBETT`s.
I Came up with zilch, nothing ,zero..on both family sides .
I knew they had got to be there somewhere, I cant quite remember know how I found these two families and their offspring .
I knew the area they were in last, via the 1891 census.
I can remember trying all sorts of different spellings for both names,but still came up with nothing .
Then I think I used the first names of the parents plus using the areas as well ,then once getting a pairing of the two first names checked the address, and, any children that were there.
To cut a long and complicated story short I eventually found both families ......

Names mistranscibed;
GRIFFIN was down as PIGGIN
CORBETT was down as CORBELL . Looking on the original census I could see how CORBETT had come to be mistranscibed, the crosslines on the T`s being very narrow due to the writing implement used ( italics pen )
had virtually faded away. so the T`s were assumed to be L`s.

There are a great many of these " mishaps?", SO, dont despair if you cant find your rellies in 1901, they may not be dead or have emigrated .......its just a mistrancription thats hiding them from you.
Ps; hope you can understand my rantings.

I did hear, I dont know whether its true or not ,that most of the 1901 census was transcribed by a lot of non english peeps and also inmates of prisons..... ( would explain a lot of the **** ups I suppose if true )

I have 45 great aunts and uncles who were alive in 1901, but were never mentioned in the family while I was growing up 70 years later. One I know died in Q3 1901, but the others have left no trace that I am aware of. I found a relation of the husband of one of them on genes reunited, but there's no trace beyond 1906 on that line either.

A fortnight in the archives of the Bolton Evening News doesn't appeal, but might be the only way forward.
I too can recommend Genes Reunited. When I started my research ten years ago, I had only one cousin that I knew about. Neither my mother nor my father talked about his side of the family - I was led to believe that my paternal grandfather came from Kent. Now, after joining Genes, I have about fifteen cousins and know that my father's family were Irish labourers who settled in Yorkshire in about 1845!