Lookup Missing Census Facts

Offers ways of looking up missing Census Records for UK, USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany & Norway via online web sites.

Supports Ancestry, FindMyPast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage online research sites.

Estimated dates are used, where none are recorded. Women’s married names are used where the Census is after the marriage date (or after the birth of the first child).

See the Help & Advice for details.

Download Lookup Missing Census Facts V4.6

Version History

  • V4.6: Updated for new FamilySearch URL formats;
  • V4.5: Updated library modules; FH V7 Lua 3.5 IUP 3.28 compatible; Exclude “string quoted” place names;
  • V4.4: Updated library module for EstimatedDeathDates();
  • V4.3: Adds reviews of Census Records for Germany and Norway but without online searches, improves the check for whether each person was at home or abroad on missing Census dates, caters for polygamous relationships when assigning married surnames & spouses in web site searches, adds the Redisplay the Last Lookup Page button, and redesigned to cope with large Project databases and rectify performance issues;
  • V4.2: Adds searches for FamilySearch and MyHeritage web sites, fixes Ancestry search codes, plus other minor improvements.
  • V4.1: Lets fragmentary Census collections be excluded, lets people with too few Name parts be skipped, adds useful Result Set columns, plus other minor improvements.
  • V4.0: Now also checks the Family facts such as Census (family), internally sorts facts by Date in case they are out-of-sequence after updates, Census Place names matching is case-insensitive and leading & trailing space tolerant, adds the [Record Id] to the Individual in the Lookup Web Page heading, and the sorting of Date columns in the Lookup Web Page that was broken is now mended.
  • V3.9: Adds England & Wales 1939 Register, and fixes minor issues with some Other household members included in Searches.
  • V3.8: Removes “new.” from “findmypast.co.uk” web address, reinstates V3.5 updates.
  • V3.7: Fix possible HTML/URL encoding issues.
  • V3.6: Supports FH V6 IUP 3.11.2 Unicode characters.
  • V3.5: Minimum Age threshold to exclude children from web search, and a few Census Records added.
  • V3.4: Reinstate women’s husband’s surnames upset by V3.3.
  • V3.3: Adds Irish Census fragments & better search web page.
  • V3.2: Uses A-Z of Record Sets search mode on FindMyPast websites, and improves search filters on all websites.
  • V3.1: Supports new.findmypast.co.uk and revised World Search mode.
  • V3.0: Detects people abroad rather than missing for a Census. Copes with countries that held a Census in same year but on different dates.
  • V2.9: Adds Canada 1921 Census, and minor GUI updates.
  • V2.8: Uses original Surname of single parent mothers, and fixes Family Date error.
  • V2.7: Revises FindMyPast online searches, and applies birth dates with offsets in many more cases, using estimated dates where necessary.
  • V2.6: Supports all FindMyPast websites, and manages .css & .js files better.
  • V2.5: First public version.

13 thoughts on “Lookup Missing Census Facts”

  1. Is it possible to allow the user to decide where the resulting file is put?
    I have a FMP subscription and have checked most of my missing records there.  If I could put the file onto a memory stick I could take it to the library and check them on Ancestry.
    I have found the file a couple of times but it is fiddly and it would be better if I could give it a memorable name.

    In Sunny South yorkshire

  2. I tried an earlier version of this having been guided to it by Jane when I attended her course recently – the only issue I found with it was that, if you have a subscription for FMP and / or Ancestry, the plug-in brilliantly found the answer but then I was unable to view the source info because it had bypassed my log-in (even if I was already logged in on another browser page – I don’t know if this is even something that could be fixed – or if anyone else has found it an issue.

    I followed the thread where you made some changes to account for people being abroad and / or on another census which is also something that the “Kinsfolk…” query could do with too but my brain is too small to make the changes myself.

  3. I think if you tick the “keep me Logged in” on the sign on screen the logon will work across tabs (it won’t work across different browers) so if you have Chrome and IE open you will need to log in to both.

  4. Hello,

    Could you explain what Lookup Missing Census Facts is looking for?

    This because I have the plugin and have a list, first few of which I already have the census information. I didn’t check all in the list.

  5. The plugin looks for CENSUS facts in your file.  If you have not used standard Census facts it will not be able to tell you have census information recorded.

  6. Hello Jane,

    Some of my census have been import from from The Master Genealogist and therefore Family Historian have called them Census (family) or Son Census (family).

    Will these still be recognised?

  7. I find this plug in very useful but not as flexible as I would like. I have tried saving it into Excel but because some of the rows are double I cannot sort the output as not all cells on a column are the same size.. What I would like is to be able to select individual years so that I can concentrate on one census at a time. At the moment I cannot easily see the wood from the trees.

  8. Hi Pentris, you could sort the web page into date order by clicking on the ancestry or findmypast column headings, and scroll down to the year of interest.

  9. Fantastic plugin that I have found myself using more and more – saves a fair few key presses during research sessions, but …

    have discovered a bug related to the URL build for findmypast searches at variable &firstnamesother and &lastnamesother where there are multiple names to allocate at these positions, in which case there is no space separator, resulting in an invalid Family Member name search.

    For example, child Ruth Forden with known parents Edwin and Alice at census date will list both parents but without a space separating their first names and without a space separating their last names, building a URL ending with the character string


    This of course instructs the fmp search to look for

    Family member first name(s) = Aliceedwin


    Family member last name =Fordenforden

    which is not intended.

    Not sure how easy this would be to address ?

    Many thanks,





  10. After posting the last comments re multiple name searches at the single findmypast field “Other household member”, I began to doubt whether the fmp search logic even allows for multiple names within this field. I contacted their support team for clarification and they have confirmed that the field will only take single names, which has a bearing on things here.

    Not sure what the solution might be now – guess to search for just a single (dominant) other family member ?



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