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Alexander Shanks in Northumberland in the 1881 Census

Details of Alexander Shanks of High Staward, Haydon, Northumberland, England

First name(s)

Alexander

Last name

Shanks

Relationship

Head

Marital status

Single

Gender

Male

Age

36

Birth year

1845

Occupation

Farmer Of 700 Acres Emp 2 Men 1 Woman

Birth town

Belsay

Birth county

Northumberland

Birth place

England

Street

High Staward

Town

Parish

Haydon

County

Northumberland

Country

England

Registration district

Hexham

Other household members

First name(s)

Last name

Relationship

Marital status

Gender

Age

Birth year

Occupation

Birth place

First name(s)

Mary

Last name

Shanks

Relationship

Sister

Marital status

Single

Gender

Female

Age

38

Birth year

1843

Occupation

Farmers Sister

Birth place

Chollerton, Northumberland, England

First name(s)

Sarah

Last name

Musgrove

Relationship

Servant

Marital status

Single

Gender

Female

Age

17

Birth year

1864

Occupation

Farmers Serv (Indoors)

Birth place

Newburn, Northumberland, England

About the 1881 England Wales and Scotland Census

When the 1881 census was taken on April 3rd, the total population of England, Wales and Scotland was recorded as 29,707,207. The First Boer War ended only weeks before the 1881 census.

As with any historical research, the golden rule of family history is to check the original record, or "primary source", wherever possible. We have provided clear images of the original census enumeration books for you to view once you've found the right family in the indexes.

When using census returns, once you have located your ancestor in the census, you should then view the original images to validate your findings. The image of the original document will also help you see the household in the context of surrounding households as all the information will be provided in one clear place, as it was originally written down.

The original documents would have been given to your ancestor several days before 3 April, and the head of household would have been asked to fill in the details for anyone who would have been residing at that address on the census date. If the head of the household was unable to read or write, the enumerator - a literate person who would be collecting the census forms - would help fill in the details. Because of this, however, you may note mistakes that were made, such as name spellings. It should also be noted that many people were often economical with the truth when it came to their ages.

Note: the census includes details of people resident in docked vessels and institutions such as prisons, workhouses, hospitals, and barracks, as well as individual households.

See the whole Shanks family
in this 1881 Census record

Includes Alexander Shanks and 2 other people

Shanks family summary

NAME
Alexander Shanks
BORN
1845
BIRTH COUNTY
Northumberland
ADDRESS IN 1881
Haydon, Northumberland, England
An original census record
An original census record

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