Historical directories can be invaluable in tracing your family careers. There is a fantastic free resource in one place, listing many searchable directories. Visit the link below to access this free resource. This will open in a new window for your convenience.
Ancestry is the best, but there are alternative sources for free census records. You can try FREECEN.This site has over nine million entries and although not yet complete is an ongoing project . The 1901 census can be searched for free at census 1901
FREE NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES
Free search of names and articles in newspaper archves. Not complete but many references.Kindly put online by Richard Heaton.Go Here