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Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby kdeering75 » Mon May 27, 2019 3:50 pm

I’m looking at a 1901 Census. What does it mean when the entire occupation section is crossed out?
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Re: Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby junkers » Mon May 27, 2019 9:11 pm

Difficult to say without knowing which entry this is, its always good to see it online if possible.
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Re: Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby kdeering75 » Mon May 27, 2019 10:09 pm

For that particular census. All of them are crossed out.

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Re: Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby MortimerCat » Mon May 27, 2019 11:16 pm

I would guess that whoever was given the task of counting the different occupations in 1901 felt it would be okay to scribble over the pages. i.e. They went through the book for each job category, crossing them out as they found them, making sure they were only included in the count once.

They have also scribbled marks when they counted the number of non-Londoners.
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Re: Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby kdeering75 » Mon May 27, 2019 11:47 pm

Thanks so much!!
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Re: Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby Mick Loney » Tue May 28, 2019 11:27 am

Shame image is black and white! If it was coloured, the check marks might stand out as being in a different colour, perhaps blue or red, as it stands, it is easy to see they weren’t made by the enumerator.

I have also seen coloured numbers added against the occupations, indicating how they were classified for statistical purpose! From that, I guess there were a limited amount of occupations, and the analyser would allocate each occupation to the number best matching the occupation.
For example Farm Hand, Farm Labourer, Husbandman, etc, may have all be allocated the same numeric code for Agricultural Labourer (my guess).
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Re: Occupation Section - Crossed Out

Postby junkers » Tue May 28, 2019 12:01 pm

The crossing outs were for statistical purposes by the General Register Office and they had a book of employment classifications and they would match the entries and obviously needed to cross the entries when they had done. There was no suggestion at the time that there would be family historians!.
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