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Making Use of the Census (Public Record Office Readers Guide) Paperback – September, 1999

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Susan Lumas' MAKING USE OF THE CENSUS (190336535X, $12.95) has been revised to include the 1901 census and appears in its fourth updated edition to cover how the census was taken and preserved, where to locate its components, and how to locate supporting indexes of information. This excellent reference will aid researchers in locating ancestors' lost documents and historical facts by making uses of publicly recorded documents and the census. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Susan Lumas is a former Census Reading Room Officer at the Public Record Office and a leading figure in the world of genealogy worldwide. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Public Record Office Readers Guide
  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: PRO Publications; 3rd edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187316243X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873162439
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,056,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This introductory book is primary focused on the use of the census microfilm available for England and Wales at the Public Records Office in the United Kingdom.
However, the information provide is of great use to the researcher with English or Welsh ancestry for understanding how the censuses were taken, how they are currently organized, and how best to access them.
The section on "Finding Your Place on the Film" describes the PRO's microfilm numbering system which is useful even when you use the films at the LDS Family History Centers since they are copies of the PRO films. Understanding the PRO reference numbers makes research a great deal easier.
The section on "Understanding the Returns" contains many wonderful gems from the original enumerators' notes. Be prepared to laugh at their inventiveness in describing some occupations and the reasons why they were unable to count everyone in their area. Humorous and insightful examples are used to illustrate the book throughout.
One set of illustrations which I found particularly helpful were the sample street maps showing how an enumerator might "walk" the street - thus explaining the order in which households were recorded in the census returns.
The appendixes include a complete list of registration districts and their numbers for each census and various street index finding aids (invaluable for hunting ancestors in the larger cities).
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