A Guide to Tracing Your Family History Using the Census

A Guide to Tracing Your Family History using the Census written by Emma Jolly and published by Pen and Sword Books. £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 198.

Pen and Sword Books have published a number of these books helping in many different ways such Irish family, Scottish family, the Poor, the Asylum etc, and they are in my opinion brilliant books. But this I would say is the number one book because it involves learning how to use the Census to your best advantage which is excellent because everyone doing Genealogy has to go through the Census. This book explains in a number of chapters, what the census is, why we have it, the early census, the modern census, the census in England and Scotland. It’s very much a Dummies book for Genealogy, the ultimate book guide for its subject matter. The forms, the links and the instruction is excellent, this book looks like a must.

The links in this books at first class and the author has done an absolutely fantastic job in writing and research that it is ‘Bible’ for Genealogy. Now yes, the vast majority of links are through the internet, but there is postal/written help. The book contains an excellent notes, glossary, appendix and archival section at the back of the book. The book also contains many picture/photograph information which help form the guide and makes things a lot easier, especially for the older reader who might not be as tech savvy as younger readers. An excellent 5 star book added to the stable.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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