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James Donaldson in Lancashire in the 1881 Census

Details of James Donaldson of Brows Lane, Formby, Lancashire, England

First name(s)

James

Last name

Donaldson

Relationship

Head

Marital status

Widower

Gender

Male

Age

44

Birth year

1837

Occupation

Birth town

Birth county

Birth place

Scotland

Street

Brows Lane

Town

Parish

Formby

County

Lancashire

Country

England

Registration district

Ormskirk

Other household members

First name(s)

Last name

Relationship

Marital status

Gender

Age

Birth year

Occupation

Birth place

First name(s)

William J

Last name

Donaldson

Relationship

Son

Marital status

Single

Gender

Male

Age

11

Birth year

1870

Occupation

Scholar

Birth place

Seaforth, Lancashire, England

First name(s)

Elizabeth A

Last name

Balderson

Relationship

Step Daughter

Marital status

Single

Gender

Female

Age

27

Birth year

1854

Occupation

-

Birth place

Liverpool, Lancashire, England

First name(s)

Alice

Last name

Holmes

Relationship

Servant

Marital status

Single

Gender

Female

Age

17

Birth year

1864

Occupation

Domestic Serv

Birth place

Liverpool, Lancashire, 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 Donaldson family
in this 1881 Census record

Includes James Donaldson and 3 other people

Donaldson family summary

NAME
James Donaldson
BORN
1837
BIRTH COUNTY
-
ADDRESS IN 1881
Formby, Lancashire, England
An original census record
An original census record

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