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  1. Who is the head of the household?

    Why is it always men who are named as the head of the household in census returns?  Even if they are not present, such as working away from home on the night the census was taken, their wives at home were still sometimes recorded as the “wife” rather than the “head”.

    Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule! 1861

     

    Here in 1861, Delphine (incorrectly spelled as Deplin) Halke is named as the the head of the household, whilst her husband William is recorded as her husband.  So often in genealogy women are listed secondly, separately or not at all, so it is refreshing to find enumerations like this!

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