A Closer Look at the 1911 Census of Wales

When genealogists usually talk of census forms, we are usually talking about enumeration forms.

Here is an example of the one filled out by Evan Price Kinsey in 1911.

Something unique about this census is that each household received their own census form to be filled out. As you can see, the head of the household was usually the one who filled it out and in this case it was Evan Price Kinsey. This aids the genealogist in deciding if the information on the census form is correct.

Also, if one looks in the bottom left-hand corner, one will notice the initials of Evan Price Kinsey as he was the area's enumerator. One may also notice how the cursive "K" can be be confused as an "H" or "R". Often in transcriptions, one has to not only look up Kinsey, but also "Hinsey" and "Rinsey".

In the case of the 1911 census, Evan was in charge of enumerating the Township of Hengynwith. However, in Wales civil districts and ecclesiastical districts an often be confusing as they often do not share the same borders. This can be seen on the "Description of the Enumeration District" form for Hengynwith.

In the case of the Township of Hengywith, it lies in the Parish of Llandinam, which is also part of Llanidloes and Newtown, which is also part of Montgomeryshire, which is now part of Powys, which I find very confusing.

Now, the Discription form also can be useful as it is the place where the enumerator can put comments. In Evan Price Kinsey's case, he did not leave any comments, but he did leave a list of all the properties that he enumerated.

The final form that is of interest to a genealogist is the enumeration district index page. It is useful as means of double checking spelling, seeing who the neighbours are, and finally seeing which buildings are no longer in use.

All in all, for the genealogist digging deeper in a census beyond the enumeration form can be ofter very rewarding.


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