General INSTRUCtion to thE eNUMERATOR.


As soon as possible after completion of the Enumeration-
(1) Arrange  the Householders’ Schedules in order so that all those relating to one Parish, or Township, Hamlet, Ecclesiastical District &c., are together.
Note.-This order will be indicated by the Schedule Numbers entered in your “memorandum Book,” prepared in conformity with the instructions.
(2) COPY VERY LEGIBLY IN INK the Housholders’ Schedules into this Enumeration Book, in accordance with the following directions :-

1.      Insert first, in the spaces at the top of the page, the name of the Parish, or Township, City or Municipal Borough, Ward (if in a City or Municipal Borough), Parliamentary Borough, Town, Hamlet, &c., or Ecclesiastical District in which the houses of that page are situate, drawing your pen through such of the words as are inappropriate.

2.      In the first column, write the No. of the Householder’s Schedule you are about to copy, commencing with No. 1 ; in the second column the name of the Road, Street, Square, &c., where the house is situate, and the No. of the house, or any distinctive Name by, which it is known ; then insert in the third column the figure 1 for an Inhabited House, and copy from the Schedule into the other columns all the particulars concerning the persons mentioned therein, making use of any of the authorised contractions (see below), taking especial care to class the ages of MALES and of FEMALES under their PROPER COLUMNS.

3.      Under the name of the last entered person in each house draw a DOUBLE line, as in the example on the opposite page, to separate the inmates from those for the house next following ; and where there is more than one Occupier in the same house, draw a single line to distinguish each Family, as in the example. [Note- A Lodger, with or without a family, is to be considered an Occupier.]

4.      Where you have to insert an uninhabited house, or a house building, do this by writing in the fourth column “1 U,” or “1 B,” on a distinct line, following the order in which the house occur in the Road, Street, &c. When two or more houses, uninhabited or building, occur together, insert the total number, thus:-“3 U,” “2 B,” as the case may be.

5.      At the bottom of each page, on the line for the purpose, enter the total number of  HOUSES in that page, as in the example. If the statement respecting any inhabited house is continued from one page to another, that house will be reckoned in the total of the houses in the page on which the first name is entered. Enter also on the line at the foot of the page the total number of Males and of Females in that page.

6.      When all the Schedules belonging to any one Parish, or Township, Borough, Ward, Town, Hamlet, &c., or Ecclesiastical District have been entered, write across the page, “End of the Parish [or Township] of-,” “End of the Borough, Ward, Town, Hamlet, &c., or Ecclesiastical District of-,”  following this order of preference where the boundaries are conflicting. Make the next entry on the first line of the following page.

After having completed the entry of all the HOUSEHOLDERS’ SCHEDULES, according to the above directions, commence a fresh page, and writing over the top “List of Persons not in Houses,” proceed to copy from your “Memorandum Book” the particulars contained in the List of Persons who slept in Barns, Sheds, &c.; but in making up the totals at the foot of that page, the columns headed “Houses” must be left blank, as Barns, Sheds, &c., are not to be reckoned as Houses. Then having satisfied yourself of the correctness of your book, fill up the tables on pages iv and v., and sign the Declaration on page vi.


Road, Street, &C.-Write “Rd.” for Road; “St.” for Street; “Pl.” for Place; “Sq.” for Square; “Ter.” For Terrace.
Names-Write the First Christian Name in full; initials, or the first letters of the other Christian names of a person who has more than one may be inserted.
When the same surname occurs several times in succession, write “do” for all such surnames except the first, which should be written in full.
Where the name or any particular is not known, “n.k.” should be entered in its place.
In the column “Relation to head of family” write “Head” for Head of family ; “Daur.” For Daughter; “Serv.” For Servant.
In the column “CONDITION” write “M.” for married ; “Un.” for unmarried ; “Wid.” For widow ; or “Widr.” For widower.
In the columns for “age” write the number of years carefully and distinctly in the proper column for “Males” or “Females” as the case may be ; in the case of children under One Year of age, as the age is expressed in months, write “Mo.” distinctly after the figures.
In the column for “RANK, PROFESSION, OR OCCUPATION,” the following contractions may be used : “Ag. Lab.” for agricultural labourer ; “Ap.” for apprentice ; “Cl.” for Clerk ; “Serv.” for servant.


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First published in 2005.

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