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Sunday 18 January 2009 11.54am
Anyone looked up their home or family yet on the 1911 census? It's the first census that people filled in for themselves, which eliminates a lot of the errors on previous censuses -- although it maybe causes other errors.

I am researching my family in the north-east, but those counties are not available to view yet, so meanwhile I have looked up my SE1 home.

FWIW I live on the site of the old County Terrace Tavern on New Kent Road, and I can see that in 1911 the pub was run by a couple called James and Ellen Mather. The Mathers were both around 40, so may well have run the place for the next few decades. As well as their 17-year old son, who was an engineer apprentice, there were 4 other live-in staff. A married couple called the Stilwells were the cook and barman, and there were two barmaids including the marvellously named Sarah Onions.
Sunday 18 January 2009 12.42pm
It's fascinating! I managed to spend most of yesterday trying to track down people & places. However, I've been looking up family who were on the 1901 census but don't appear in the 1911 census, I think there's quite a bit still missing in London, for instance a whole row of houses that appear on the 1901, don't appear on the 1911 - they were definitely there in 1911, odd.
Sunday 18 January 2009 9.52pm
I've done electoral registration, and I've found a lot depends on the committment of the individual officer, I'm sure it was no different in 1911.

I see it as a challenge, and like to hunt down obscure streets that don't exist on the map, but have had people registering in previous years. I know they exist, but where...I have climbed over walls to get to places when I couldn't work out how to get into a cul-de-sac, and once climbed some low branches on a tree to peer into the next street (I now use google earth, it's much easier).

However, lots of my colleagues will give up if there's a large dog at the entrance to a block, they just don't seeem to see the fun of the challenge.

However, I still have a painful knee from where I fell down some concrete stairs in Rowland Hill House, so it's not all fun and games, before you all rush out to sign up :-)
Monday 19 January 2009 8.18am
Andrew there was a club I think corner of tower bridge road near the fish shop area where a Paddy O'nions sadly got shot about tqenty years ago.
Monday 19 January 2009 2.44pm
i started a previous thread because I was looking for the Weed family who I was told lived around here. I found the people and have just looked at the 1911 census to discover they lived in Hackney and the street they lived in is still there! I found out they had separated and my grandmother took her three sons to live in Torquay, where most of my family on my father's side still live. I had not met any of them until last year, then met my half brother and my half sister, which was very exciting.
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