Sunday, October 6, 2013

Roger, the Census Airedale

Some of you may know that my mum is interested in family history.  She looks at old census records a lot trying to find her ancestors.  In case you didn't know, a census is a like counting off except you put your name and age and some other information.  They ask information like name, age, birthplace, occupation, whether married and number of children. It's only for people but Mr. Little, a man in England in 1911, decided he wanted to include his dog, Roger.  (You can click on the picture if you want to see it bigger.)

The people in the Little family are on lines 1-4.  Then, on line 9, Mr. Little wrote, "Incidentally, we have an Airedale Terrier.  I don't know whether particulars are required, but in case you want them here they are."

On line 11, he wrote Roger's information:
He was 5 years old and had more than 100 children.  His occupation was watchdog, he was self-employed, and he looked after the house both inside and outside.  He was born in Keighley, Yorkshire. 

Isn't it perfect that he was born in Yorkshire because Airedales started in Yorkshire!

I wish my mum would put me on a census so people would know about me in 100 years.

I wonder if Roger looked anything like me.

--from Hannah.


  1. Replies
    1. Oh, yes, Bob, and now someone knows about Roger forever!

  2. Oh, I LOVES that!! I wish they puts us Dales on the census too! What is more important than us anyhu?! BOL
    And, yes, I thinks you look like the spittin' image of Roger!
    Ruby ♥

    1. Hi, Ruby. I wish my mum would've thought to put me on the census when they took the last one. Thanks for visiting, Ruby.

  3. One hundred pups by the time he was five? That Roger was a busy guy. Somehow it's not surprising that the Airedale should be considered an important enough member of the family to be mentioned on a census form.

  4. That is so cool, I have always said they are part of the family! My father got his first airedale in about 1940, I was raised with them and still own them, will forever I hope. I do ancestry research too and have never found anything so cool in our background! thanks for sharing!
    Woody Airedale


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