Above is a image of an England 1851 Census record of Lancashire County. I did a search on Ancestry.com for Daniel Handforth and this is where he was living in 1851. They are in the township of Manchester and the Ecclesiastical district of St. George.
I love England Census records because beginning in 1841, they started recording everyone who lived in the household, their age, relationship, occupation, and the VERY BEST INFO, Parish and County where they were born. I wish the US would have asked for city and state. England census records wer taken every 10 years, 1841, 1851, up to the last one available 1911, compared to US censuses that are 1850, 1860, etc.
When you are researching or helping others look for England records, if they are were still alive after 1841, the first place to start is the census records because it can lead to parish registers and civil registration (ex. marriage certificate from last weeks lesson).
.1. Look at the census above for Daniel Handforth? What parish and county was he born in? (Chester is short for Chestershire.)
2. Where was his wife born?
3. What is the maiden name of his wife? (Hint: look at the sisters. This relationship should be to the head of household, but since the sisters listed donít have the same last name as Handforth, I believe this is the wifeís maiden name. However, find a marriage record to have proof.)
4. What is Danielís occupation?
Try finding an English Ancestor who lived in England 1841 or later. You can search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org. If you want to see the image on Family Search, you will need to be on the FHC Portal site at the center because it will direct you to FindMyPast. If you donít have an ancestor from England, ask a member of your ward, or type in any name just to see how easy it is.