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What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« on: Sunday 28 June 09 05:38 BST (UK) »
I am sure there is a really obvious answer to this ???, but my (spinster)  gggggrandmother (aged 20) has fs (i think they are the initials) in the Profession, trade, of independant means column.  It seems to be against the women..
having a brain freeze.. please help! :-\
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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 28 June 09 05:40 BST (UK) »
I believe it's Female Servant
Jeffs - Northamptonshire to Leicestershire to Queensland, Australia
Lewis - Wales to Gloucestershire to NSW & Queensland, Australia
Iddols & Baylis - Gloucestershire
Mary Jones, daughter of James Jones and Eliza - born abt 1864 Staffordshire, died 1948 Queensland, Australia
Dorans - Ireland to Scotland to Queensland, Australia
Ralph - Ireland to Scotland to Queensland, Australia
Reedy - Ireland to NSW & Queensland, Australia
Bradbury (False name?) - Oxfordshire to Queensland, Australia

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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 28 June 09 05:41 BST (UK) »

Hi

Most probably stands for Female Servant.

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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 28 June 09 05:43 BST (UK) »
Excellent..thanks very much!!!  ;D Knew it would be obvious!!!
Beatty - Rathfriland, Ireland, Beattie - Sydney, Australia, Lewin - UK, Australia, Henderson - Scotland/Australia, Winter- Germany/Australia, Leverton - Devon/Australia, Smith, Sisson, Barr - Ireland/Australia, Hayes - Ireland/Australia, Forbes - Scotland/Newcastle, Australia

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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 28 June 09 06:31 BST (UK) »
Family servant to me
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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 28 June 09 06:38 BST (UK) »

Many years ago I asked a similar question and was told that on the 1841 it was...

F S = Female Servant

M S = Male Servant

Hadn't thought of it as Family Servant before... :D

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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 28 June 09 06:40 BST (UK) »
You could be correct K
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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 28 June 09 09:41 BST (UK) »
These are the official abbreviations used in the censuses


Ag. Lab. 1841-81 Agricultural labourer
Ap. 1841-61 Apprentice
Army 1841 Members of HM land forces of whatever rank
Cl. 1841-61 Clerk
FS. 1841 Female servant
H.P. 1841 Members of HM armed forces on half-pay
Ind. 1841 Independent - people living on their own means
J. 1841 Journeyman
M. 1841 Manufacturer
m. 1841 Maker - as in 'Shoe m.'
MS 1841 Male servant
Navy 1841 Members of HM naval forces, including marines,
of whatever rank
P. 1841 Pensioners in HM armed forces
Rail Lab. 1851 Railway labourer
Serv. 1861 Servant
Sh. 1841 Shopman


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Re: What does "fs" mean in the1841 census?
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 26 April 16 11:36 BST (UK) »
I just found a Scottish census record from 1851 that shows FS as "farm servant."