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Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census

Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census

Paperback Family History (Pen & Sword)

By (author) Emma Jolly

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  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 197 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 13mm | 463g
  • Publication date: 19 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Barnsley
  • ISBN 10: 1781590613
  • ISBN 13: 9781781590614
  • Sales rank: 183,342

Product description

The Pen & Sword guide to the census is detailed, accessible and authoritative, and it is one of the most comprehensive on the market. It has been written with the family historian in mind, and 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. 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.

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Emma Jolly is a professional genealogist who deals with a wide range of family history research. She is an expert on genealogical problem solving, and she has made a special study of the British in India. She has written articles on the British Library India Office Records and how to use them for the Genealogists' Magazine and the online magazine Discover My Past England. Her most recent books are Family History for Kids and Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors.