Thursday, February 05, 2009


They’ve created one every ten years since 1801 (excepting 1941, when they REALLY had their hands full). The National Archives (UK) provides a free online guide to making use of the census:


There’s also a book guide to the England / Wales census available for purchase from

Census: the Expert Guide by Peter Christian and Dave Annal

“Written by bestselling author Peter Christian and National Archives (UK) census expert Dave Annal, this fascinating guide shows how using the census can transform your family research. It shows how to interpret intricate details of your ancestors’ lives, from names, addresses and ages to family relationships, status and occupations as well as revealing what may be hidden between the lines. As the National Archives release of the 1911 census once used by MI5 to track down enemy aliens comes ever closer, Census offers the perfect way to prepare and get ahead of the game. Discover how to get the very best from online research, selecting the most useful websites and best quality images, as well as the experts techniques for approaching original records, microfilm, CDs and DVDs. Complete with illustrations, photographs, screenshots and case histories Census is an invaluable companion and guide for anyone exploring this unique resource.”


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