The latest update has been made possible
due to a large amount of data provided by the YAS Family History
Section, who are now taking an active part in the project. Thank
This index is produced by the 'Leeds Indexers'. The 'Leeds Indexers'
were formed in August 2000 by a group of Family Historians who were
actively engaged on research in the Leeds area. The 'Leeds Indexers'
are currently indexing records that will be useful to both Family
and Local Historians. The 'Census Index Project' is a progression
from their earlier work of transcribing the census returns for the
city of Leeds. It is just one of many projects they have undertaken.
This CD contains a searchable name index for the piece numbers
detailed as included. Two versions of the name index are included.
A 'standard' name index that is sorted as the names appeared in
the actual census and a 'Smart Forename' version. ALL names have
been recorded as they appear on the census (warts and all). This
can cause problems when creating an index. Therefore, a smart forename
version, although detailing the same names, is sorted on the variant
spelling of the forename and conforms to the following rules.
- Known abbreviations i.e. Wm indexed under William.
- Known Pet Names i.e. Molly under Margaret.
- Spelling Variants or a name - indexing under main name.
- Incorrect spelling of forename by enumerator.
All names are primarily sorted alphabetically on surname. From
there, they are indexed by forename then age. The 'Smart Forename'
index will have variant spellings intermingled with their counterparts.
Hence Bill, Wm and William will all appear in the same section.
We have found grouping information in this manner can assist researchers
in locating people.
It is important to note that the information contained upon this
CD is to be used purely as a finding aide. Wherever possible the
original records should be checked. Every effort has been made to
ensure accuracy of the data. Due to the very nature of the records
transcribed; handwriting, poor quality etc. errors do occur. The
Leeds Indexers would appreciate any feedback on errors found, so
they can be corrected in future publications.
- To Assist Researchers: By providing a useful finding
aid, which is easy to use, in a standard format (Adobe Acrobat,
see specific instructions below), which also introduces innovative
features to simplify and enhance the researchers queries.
- Scope: At the outset we are looking to complete the Leeds
area for 1891, with the whole of Yorkshire as a future goal. Other
areas will be considered for inclusion in the project as the number
of participants in the project grows.
Other census years have also been commenced and will be formed
into separate sub-projects, again progress will depend on volunteer
- Affordable Low pricing structure: This first issue CD-Rom
has been priced at £10 there will be future updates as the
project progresses. The updates will cost £5 to purchasers
of a previous 1891 Project CD disc, upon proof of purchase. Each
CD will have unique Serial Number, which can be registered on
line with Leeds Indexers as proof of purchase. (The Serial Number
will be printed on the inside of the CD inlay card.)
- Regular updates: We are planning to release future updates
on a regular basis providing project targets are reached. (50,000
entries minimum) We are hoping to achieve this by attracting volunteers
to assist with the Project. Persons taking part in the Project
will be entitled to a free copy of the Issue to which they have
contributed, plus they will be given full accreditation on the
disc (and on the Leeds Indexers site) for the part they have played
in its production. (Minimum contribution by volunteers to obtain
a Free Issue would be one whole Piece Number or 5,000 entries
which ever is the greater)
- To encourage feedback: from users by reporting errors
and proffering suggestions. We are looking for constructive feedback
in order to improve future products.
- Key information only: By providing only "Key Information"
on the CD-Rom we are hoping to encourage users to consult the
original census records.
- DATA to be accurate: We aim to provide as accurate as
information as possible.