The 1901 UK Census in online
January 2, 2002 4:24 AM   Subscribe

The 1901 UK Census in online including the records of Tolkien, Florence Nightingale and Charlie Chaplin No Jedis in 1901 though. Non-PC descriptions include "imbecile", "lunatic" or plain "feeble-minded".
posted by brettski (4 comments total)
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you think they would have learnt from the similar demand palced on the site. Something like this is always going to be popular - oh well never mind
posted by monkeyJuice at 4:42 AM on January 2, 2002

Those terms used to be standard psychology categories. (Some of them are still written into law.) I prefer to think of them -- at least, idiot, imbecile, moron -- with the original French pronunciations: eed-YOH, ann-bay-SEEL, moh-ROHNG ... :)
posted by dhartung at 9:33 AM on January 2, 2002

...or at least a couple with Bugs Bunny pronunciations...what a maroon...what an imbessle....(accent on the middle syllable)
posted by schmedeman at 11:54 AM on January 2, 2002

This is cool, the transcription is much better than the Latter Day Saints over at, I await the other censuses with keen interest (most of the fun in a census is following people over time.

If you do ever make it to the Family Records Centre and you know an ancestor lived in London after 1840 take a look at the post office directory. With the advent of the Penny post everyone was listed. I've certainly found it very useful.
posted by nedrichards at 2:29 AM on January 3, 2002

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