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