Updating my 1911 census images

8 Jan

I knew it was something I was going to have to do when the time came, but that hasn’t made it any less time-consuming and it has to be said any less tedious. It would have been nice if those little white rectangles had suddenly disappeared from the images I had downloaded, but that was never going to happen was it?

So this afternoon I have spent several hours updating all those 1911 census images that I had download over the last couple of years. As I write this I haven’t quite finished, probably another thirty images left to download, but so far it has been almost completely unproductive.

About eighty images so far have been saved to my hard drive and so far I have been rewarded with only two entries in that newly unveiled column sixteen. Horace DUNFORD (my 2x great-aunt’s husband) was a cripple from birth apparently and of course I didn’t need to 1911 census to tell me that George Thomas GASSON was a lunatic.

I suppose it is rather uncharitable of my to wish infirmity on my ancestors and relatives, even if they are long since departed, but it would have been nice to find more people with some sort of infirmity, or even one of those “funny” ones that get mentioned in press releases.

I hadn’t realised that I had downloaded quite so many 1911 census images and if I had thought about it I could have waited until the complete image was released, but greed and impatience took over and I had to have those images, now I am paying the price (thankfully in time, not money) having to download them all again when I could be doing other things.

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4 Responses to “Updating my 1911 census images”

  1. Alex January 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Wow, 120 images to re-download! I’m thankful I had less than a dozen, especially since I was editing the file name to include the place name.

  2. John Gasson January 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I did say I had been greedy. At least I was saving with the same filename, but it was surprising how hard it was to find some of these images again, eventually I had to resort to searching on the census reference rather than the person.

  3. Alex January 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Were you not able to go through the My Records section once logged in, which gives you links to everything you’d already paid for? Or is that just on the 1911census.co.uk site, not FMP?

  4. John Gasson January 10, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Yes it looks like it is just 1911census.co.uk and I was on Findmypast, there were about a dozen on images on 1911census that I could have used, that would have saved me some time, but I can’t see anything similar for Findmypast.

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