The Pen & Sword guide to the census is detailed, accessible and
authoritative, and it is one of the most comprehensive on the market. It
has been written with the family historian in mind, and it is packed
with advice on how to explore and get the most from the census records.
As well as describing the modern censuses, it provides information on
the less-known censuses dating from before 1841, and it covers the
records of all the constituent parts of the British Isles. It is an
essential introduction and tool for anyone who is researching the life
and times of an ancestor. Emma Jolly describes how and why census
records came to be created, then looks in detail at how to search the
main censuses from 1841 to 1911. Each chapter covers the relevant
historical context, compares online and other sources, identifies
problems like lost or damaged records, and shows how the specific
information in the census concerned can be interpreted effectively.
While the censuses of England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Channel
Islands and the Isle of Man are all examined, the main focus is on the
English and Welsh census, with differences noted for other areas. An
extensive appendix and bibliography, which, for ease of access, gathers
together all the key resources in one place, is also provided.