Re: Boarders or Lodgers on Census Documents #general

Jill Whitehead

Boarders and lodgers in the England and Wales Census, and likely Northern Irish Census, were often relations, siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces etc. In the 1891 Welsh Census, my grandfather Samuel Servian was staying with his elder married sister Leah Goldblat in Mold in North Wales. He was given as a boarder rather than brother. I have other examples in the family too, also from 1891, when Samuel's cousin Lazarus Karpowitz  was staying with Samuel's father and mother Joseph and Ada in Liverpool. Ada's maiden name was Karpowitz and Lazarus was her nephew.  Lazarus was acting as an apprentice to Joseph, but when Leah died of typhoid a few years later, Lazarus left for New York, and Joseph and Leah became stand- in parents for Leah's three young children. 

So do not dismiss boarders and lodgers, as often they were relations.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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