Discover English Census Records

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 56 pages
Author: P. Milner
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781925323221
Other: colour photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

English census records are a fundamental source for English research, because it is the only source that clearly identifies all the members of a family unit in one records and puts them all together in the one place at one time.

In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why census records were created in 1801, expanding to an every-name format in 1841, and following every 10 years since. The book explains what the records look like, how they have evolved, and why they are one of the few records that place individuals into families. By following a case study family through the different census years, Milner expands upon census records to show how to put the family physically on the ground, using maps.

Census research methods have changed drastically in the last few years, as nationwide indexes have come online, others with attached images. This book also shows how to effectively use these different online databases and indexes.

Here is a practical guide that not only will help the beginner avoid mistakes in climbing the family tree, but also provides depth and details to assist the experience researcher.

Introduction and how to use this book
- Defining a population census
- 1801 through 1831 censuses
- 1841 and later censuses
1841 census
- Column headings
- Understanding the information provided
- 1841 census example
- Citing your census image
1851-1901 censuses
- Understanding the information provided
- 1851 census
- 1861 census
- 1871 census
- 1881 census
- 1891 census
- 1901 census
- Citing your census image
1911 census
- Understanding the information provided
- 1911 census example
- Citing your census image
Accessing the census returns
Online indexes with images
- Ancesty
- Findmypast
- S&N Genealogy
- Genes Reunited
- 1901 Census Online
- 1911 Census
- UK Census Online
Online Indexes
- FamilySearch
- FreeCEN
- Census Finder
Published on CD-ROM indexes
- Daniel Morgan
- FamilySearch
- FamilySearch Wiki
- GENfair
- Parish Chest
- Society of Genealogists
- S&N Genealogy
Special census situations
- Soldiers in the army
- Royal Navy sailors
- Merchant Navy sailors and fishermen
- Night workers
- Institutions
Putting your ancestor on the ground
- How to get the descriptive page on Ancestry
- Using maps
Histpop - online historical reports website
- Browse options
- Search option
Why can't I find my ancestor?
- Indexing problems
- Naming problems
- Location problems
- Missing census returns
The future - what is coming?
- 1921 census
- Later census returns
- 1939 National Registration Act (2 & 3 Geo. 6)
Ten things to remember when using the census return




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  • Discover English Census Records

    Posted by Teresa Collis on 10th Aug 2022

    A wonderful addition to reinforce the knowledge gain through watching the authors webinars through Legacy Webinars so much information to help understand how to interpret those census records and get the most out of them

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