A year or two ago I started getting family information from the UK Census. It’s free to use and you can gather a lot of information.
Take the 1901 Census. I looked up my husbands family on his mother’s side. In the one house – 21 Lord Street, Aston in Birmingham we found his Great Grandfather aged 42 as Head of the household. His 2nd wife Isabel aged 39, their daughter Lilian aged 3, plus his daughter by his 1st marriage Rosebella aged 18, her husband Arthur Elkington aged 33, plus two boarders both called Ellen 18 and 20 years of age.
The Census gives so much more information to go on. The places they were born and the type of jobs they did. Coal carter and coal heaver. I don’t know about you but I find this fascinating. I have the Census’s right back to 1871. The 1911 Census is now available, and I can’t wait to discover more.