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Photo of Robert Steatham's signature (Reproduced here with the kind permission of Lichfield Record Office and the Lichfield Diocesan Registrar ref B/C/11)
Robert Steatham
The man who started it all...


A census is a snapshot for us of where all the Steathams were at a particular moment in time, and it also enables us see the expansion and geographical distribution of the Steatham family.

Each census gradually increased the amount of data being collected.

The latest Census is for 1921. Trawling them is very time consuming, so it is a continuing process more will be added, when I have time.

Searching Census records for Steathams is problematic to say the least as the enumerator did not always record the surname correctly.

This is compounded by the modern transcripts used to search the records as they are also full of mistakes, with the Steatham surname being stated as Beatham, Heathem [this happens when the t is not crossed so it looks like an H] and so on.

We also see in early dates / rare cases that in Civil registrations where it is down as Steathem, with an e, but in this case in the wrong place! This spelling seems to have corrected itself and did not appear to propagate down to descendants.

The dates the census was taken are a follows... Note - the Census was always conducted on a Sunday.

1841 - June 6th
1851 - March 30th
1861 - April 7th
1871 - April 2nd
1881 - April 3rd
1891 - April 5th
1901 - March 31st
1911 - April 2nd
1921 - June 19th

The 1931 census for England and Wales was destroyed by fire in 1942, and no census was taken in 1941 because of the Second World War.

These are links to the National Archives for information on Census.

These are really essential reading to understand and research censuses.

Click Here - What is the census and why was it compiled?

Click Here - How the census was taken and on what dates.

Click Here - Where to access and how to search the censuses.

Click Here - People in the census

Click Here - Places in the census

Click Here - Addresses houses and other buildings in the census.

Click Here - Ships and institutions in the census.

Click Here - Common census terms and abbreviations in the census.

Click Here - Why can't I find my ancestor in the census?    All Rights Reserved.