Working With Revision Lists

There are earlier lists for 1811 and 1795, which have even less information than the 1816 list – usually just ages (current and previous list age, with separate columns for men’s ages and women’s ages), and the 1811 list does not usually include women.

Hopefully this guide will help you work your way through the main portion of the revision lists. More to come soon on incoming and outgoing registers – peasants were much more mobile than we may think, and these registers are key to tracing their movements.

Have you found your family in the revision lists? Share your story below!

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7 comments on this post.
  1. Jared Davidson:

    I’ve just come across your site, and I was wondering if you could help me. My name is Jared Davidson and I’m researching early anarchism in NZ (1890-1920).

    Philip Josephs was a Russian born Jew who started New Zealand’s first anarchist collective in Wellington, 1913. According to his naturalisation papers he was born in Libau, Russia (Latvia) about 1877. I have evidence that he was in Scotland in 1897, arrived in Australia in 1904 and continued on to New Zealand.

    I would love to know when he left Latvia for Scotland, or a little bit about Latvia at that time. I also wonder what made him embrace radical ideas and when.

    Any ideas? Feel free to email me! Also my thread can be seen on Rootschat:,490834.0.html



  2. Lexie:

    Hi, my sister and I who are researching our family history have had such fun working with the country Revision lists after having read your blog. We have followed our ancestors around various farms and areas all the while following the “clues” left in each entry. However, we have reached a stage where our main relatives have left the country and moved to Riga. We are wanting to use the Revisions lists for Riga, but have found it very daunting after the country versions. Any suggestions?

  3. Vassilii:

    In the Bauska 1827-1911 revision list, p.263, family #543, I found distant relatives. However, I fail to parse the acronym after Abraham Lewin Salgaler — it’s something like ?.?. 44, is this the number of the farm? What are the two letters and what do they stand for?

    Also, the next line (family 544), is it his son? I am unable to read the first two words in the name — ?? ?? Mayer, as well as unable to read the word apparently indicating that he hadn’t been born during the previous revision in the next column.

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  5. Gunta:

    I am looking for Vecate, Bauenhof,Wilsenhof ect. I have looked in the revision lists and not near these places, Help Gunta

  6. Joseph Stanley:

    Philip Josephs was my Grandfather.I am the son of his daughter rosie who married Stanley george Freeman .I changed ny name when I enlisted under age during the second world war
    .I visted him at his Bondi home where he operated his tailoring business and often had lucn at his rooms in Pitt St Sydney
    Some items that I remember are that his wife Sopkie(whom I called grannie) was born in Lithuania. I have always believed that the left Germany to go to Scotland My mother was 5 months old when they left Scotland for New Zealand. Edie was definitely the youngest in the family so it is obvious that she was not born in Scotland. I remember Edie worked at McDowells ( a large department store in Sydney and later at Proud’s the jeweller
    Albert the eldest son worked for James Hardie and later recived a 2 year leave of absence to wind up Howard auto cultivators,but he he somshow saved the company and was ofered 1000 shares and a directoe ship .James Hardie sued for his return to their company but it was thrown out of court
    I am 87 years old but still have a clear memory of my mother’s family.
    If you wish to contact me please do.
    Kind Regards
    Joe Stanley(Brisbane)

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