Friday, January 14, 2022

Findmypast Friday: Gain Unique Insights into Life in 1920s Britain with 1921 Census of England and Wales Official Reports

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Gain unique insights into life in 1920s Britain

  with 1921 Census of England and Wales

 Official  Reports

Discover more about England and Wales in 1921. Explore this unique collection of official census reports including county reports, the full 1921 Census national report as well as the Dictionary of Occupational Terms. This full collection is brought together for the first time on Findmypast.

After every census, the details given by every household to the enumerators are gathered to create the national statistics that go on to inform government and health policies. For decades and even centuries, those reports are used by a variety of individuals and organisations to gain a better understanding of the country at that time. This was the same after the 1921 Census of England and Wales. All the census schedules were gathered by the enumerators and sent to the census headquarters at the converted Lambeth Workhouse. For six years, census clerks calculated not only the national statistics but also the statistical reports for each county.

Every county report and the national report will include reports on the following details:
  • Population
  • Population growth
  • Marital Status
  • Orphanhood
  • Education
  • Occupations (both male and female)
  • Industries
  • Dependency
  • Birthplaces
  • Movement of population
  • Widows
Occupation books

Along with the statistical reports we have published the books related to the classification and definition of all occupational terms in the 1921 Census. The Dictionary of Occupational Terms was first published in 1927. Every occupation was classified and allocated a code. Those codes appear in green ink on the census schedules. Usually, the code is three digits from 000 to 999 and then followed by a slash and an extra digit. You can link every code to an occupation definition.

The additional digit indicate the following -
  • /0 = not employed - in education etc
  • /1 = not employed - unpaid domestic duties etc
  • /2 = employer - not working at home
  • /3 = employer - working at home
  • /4 = self-employed (own account) - not working at home
  • /5 = self-employed (own account) - working at home
  • /6 = employed - not working at home
  • /7 = employed - working at home
  • /8 = unemployed
In addition to the Dictionary of Occupational Terms, we have provided the Classification of Occupations. A publication that includes detailed lists of the classification of not just the occupations but also the industries. For example, Industry order XXVII was for Persons Engaged in Personal Service and then within that order, the occupational code for Domestic Servants was 900. It also includes instructions to the clerks employed in classifying occupations.



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