The 1901 United Kingdom census has been released online and I was able to search the database for records of our family. It wasn’t easy, as the handwritten originals are difficult to read, making the transcriptions in the database far from accurate. However with a little detective work (and using my librarian supersearch skills) I was able to track down our family, with a single exception – no trace of Celestine!
The census information records whoever was in the house in the evening of 31 March 1901. The only information recorded is name, marital status, age last birthday, sex, profession, employment status, where born and any infirmity
The Guegan family are located at Rue a L’or Lane, in St Peter Port. Yves is listed as “Yves Puigan” and the rest of the family are listed as “Gurgan” Yves employed as a “farm labourer”, working and age 44. His wife, Marie Yvonne is simply listed as Yvonne, age 36, with no occupation listed. Auguste is listed as Augustine, age 18, “farm labourer”, single. Finally Marie, listed as “Marie L K”, is an ironer, working from home, age 17. All are listed as French subjects.
The Goasdoue’s were a lot easier to find. Living at Le Moulin, in St Saviour, Francois appears as head of the family. He’s 43, an agricultural labourer. His wife, Jeanne (listed as Jane Mary) was 39 and a Charwoman. Jean Louis is 15 and Yves (listed as Ives) is 13, both are agricultural labourers (note Yves is not at school). Jean Baptiste (listed as Jean Bafitiste), 10, and Marie Renee, 12, are both “scholars”. Everyone is a French subject
The wonderful surprise in my research was to discover Louis Rolland. He was 17, working as a granite quarryman and boarding at La Turquie in The Vale. Making huge assumptions, could this be how he and Celestine met? The strange thing is that I can’t locate Celestine at the time of the census. Perhaps she is in France?
If you are interested in searching yourself, start with the guide available on the UK National Archives site.
[Note: I contacted the Census to update the incorrect transcription of the names and now the Guegan family should be easy to find).