1841 census..a bonus? .....

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1841 census..a bonus? .....

Post by JimM » Thu May 11, 2006 12:36 pm

A few weeks ago there was an item on the telly regarding the release of the 1841 census (it was on the beeb ... so naturally they were discussing the English census) :-#

Anyways.. one of the points raised was that if your folk are on the 1841 as being born in the county, then it is very probable that your ancestors have lived there since the middle ages.
Apparently this is because population migration did not really start until the 1840's, before then people tended to stay in the village or town they were born in.

This would imply that if you have just assumed that "Joe Bloggs" in the OPR's is your ancestor because he lived in the right village at the right time.... the odds are he is indeed your man.

As I said, they were discussing this in the context for England.... but it might apply for much of Scotland :-k

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Post by SarahND » Thu May 11, 2006 2:14 pm

Hmmm. This certainly doesn't apply to my ancestors, either in England or Scotland. They were moving around quite a bit most of them, at least by the 17th century. But maybe these were the restless ones already genetically disposed to hop a ship for the new world? :wink:

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Post by sheilajim » Thu May 11, 2006 9:27 pm

Hi Jim

For some, this might be true, but don't forget about the Lowland Clearances. Many people had to move. I think that it started, around the 1750's. People were forced off the land, by different means and had to get work in the new industries. :x

All my life I have heard what a wonderful thing for everyone, the Industial Revolution was! Reading about what Labor went through from the Glasgow Digital Library, makes me realize what a horrible time they had, working over 12 hours a day, for very little money. Not just the men, but the women and children too. Some as young as 6 years of age. :evil:
It took over a hundred years in some places, before the benefits of the Industrial Revolution came to the average person, mostly through the influence of Unions.



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Post by Montrose Budie » Fri May 12, 2006 9:46 am

By the last few decades of the 1700s there were nearly 1,000 miles of high quality military roads covering most of the area north of Glasgow and Stirling, which had an obvious effect on mobility.

It took England several decades to catch up :!:


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