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Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census: A Guide for Family Historians

Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 208 pages
Author: E. Jolly
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781781590614
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, further reading, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

This guide to the British census is detailed, accessible and authoritative, and it is one of the most comprehensive titles on this topic available. Written for the family historian, it is packed with advice on how to explore and get the most from the census records. As well as describing the modern censuses, it provides information on the less-known censuses dating from before 1841, and it covers the records of all the constituent parts of the British Isles. It is an essential introduction and tool for anyone who is researching the life and times of an ancestor.

Author, Emma Jolly describes how and why census records came to be created, then looks in detail at how to search the main censuses from 1841 to 1911. Each chapter covers the relevant historical context, compares online and other sources, identifies problems like lost or damaged records, and shows how the specific information in the census concerned can be interpreted effectively.

While the censuses of England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are all examined, the main focus is on the English and Welsh census, with differences noted for other areas. An extensive appendix and bibliography, which, for ease of access, gathers together all the key resources in one place, is also provided.

Contents:
1. History of the Census
- What is a Census?
- How the Why were the Nineteenth-Century Census Records Created?
- The Historical Use of Censuses
- Current Uses of historical Censuses
- Why Some People Are Not Found on Censuses
- Records of People in Institutions and the Homeless
2. Early Censuses
- Surviving Pre-1841 Censuses
- Local Censuses 1801-31 Online
- Census Alternatives
- Census Alternatives Online
- Colonial Censuses
3. 1841: The First Modern Census
- Historical Context
- What Details Are Included?
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
4. 1851: The Victorian Census
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Religious Census
- Education Census
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
5. 1861: The First Separate Scottish Census
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
6. 1871: The Last Census Overseen by Graham and Farr
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
7. 1881: The First Census to be Used by Family Historians
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
8. 1891: The Introduction of Rooms and Employment Status to the Census
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
9. 1901: The Centenary of Census-Taking in England, Scotland and Wales
- The 1896 Quinquennial Census
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Religious Census
- Education Census
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
10. 1911: The Fertility Census
- Historical Census
- What Details Are Included?
- Finding Aids
- Online Resources
- Free Resources
- Problems
- How to Use the Census Effectively
- Taking it Further
- Unique Features of the Non-English Censuses
- Summary
11. Later Censuses
- History of the Census up to 1945
12. The Census Today
- Census Recording Between 1945 and 2013
- Post-war Censuses and Family History
- Censuses of 2001 and 2011
- Future Plans
Appendix 1. Census Records Online
Appendix 2. Census Dates
Appendix 3. Registrars-General
Appendix 4. Archives
Appendix 5. Glossary of Terms Found in the Census
Appendix 6. Abbreviations
Bibliography and Further Reading
Index

 

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