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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree January 2019 > Discover the answers to last issue’s challenges How did you do?

Discover the answers to last issue’s challenges How did you do?

Find out the answers to last issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges – the end of year test in the Christmas 2018 issue. Our Academy tutor David Annal explains all


Census savvy:

The answer

1 We displayed a census page showing the Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, and asked the following:

Q: Which census year is this?

A: A quick Google search will show that Gladstone was born in December 1809; he is aged 71 on the census shown so it’s the 1881 Census.

Q: Where was the Prime Minister’s wife born?

A: The enumerator has written ‘N. Wales, Hawarden’. As counties were supposed to be given, a clerk at the census office has added the word Flint in the right-hand column.

Q: What was the name of his butler?

A: The entry reads P Walter Hyam. His full (correct) name was Pearl Walter Hyem.

Mystery paper:

The answers

2 The next document, from 1794, concerned a man named James Wilson.

Q: What is this document?

A: This is what’s known as a Settlement Examination, carried out by the Poor Law authorities to establish a person’s legal place of settlement. In this case, Elizabeth Gaskin was representing her son (whose wife was ill) as he was ‘abroad in the 15th Regiment of Light Dragoons’.

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Kick-start your research with the January issue of Family Tree - packed with ideas to help you plan for a great year of family history and inspire you to new discoveries. Get the latest! Our crop of experts talk about upcoming and breakthrough projects they're looking forward to in 2019. Plan your research month by month! Read a genealogist's diary of the past 12 months, and decide what you want to accomplish in the year to come. Hone your research skills! Join in with part 1 in the brand new series of the Family Tree Academy. Each month through the year to come the Academy will give you the chance to get better and understanding and using those all-important family history records. Read Family Tree and become the best genealogist you can be!