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BOOK - Discover English Census Records
By Paul Milner
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015

Softcover...19.00 (C$)

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 record 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.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction and how to use this book
  • Context
    • 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
    • GENUKI
    • Census Finder
  • Published on CD-ROM indexes
    • Daniel Morgan
    • FamilySearch
    • FamilySearch Wiki
    • GENfair
    • Parish Chest
    • GENUKI
    • 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
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Paperback: 56 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Illustrations - color
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015
ISBN 978192195323221

About the author: Paul Milner

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. He is currently the book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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