Finding out where my ancestor lived

There are a number of sources which can tell you more about where your ancestor lived.

The Census is the most commonly used source of this kind. This is a survey taken every 10 years (except 1941) since 1841, although use of the most recent censuses is restricted. At Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre you can access detailed census returns for Herefordshire from 1841-1901, and nationally up to 1911 via the Ancestry website. They give names, addresses, marital status, relationships, occupations, and, after 1851, place of birth. We also hold the national 1881 census index and the 1851, 1891 and 1901 census indexes for Herefordshire.

We hold other lists of individuals arranged by address. Registers of electors for Herefordshire survive from 1849 and are available up to 1990. There are also countywide Land Tax records from 1747-1878, lists of parish ratepayers and trade directories, listing all tradespeople who paid for the privilege from 1851-1900. None of these sources are as comprehensive as the census. The right to vote, for instance, was very restricted until 1918. Even so, they can really add to your list of options.