Census: The Expert Guide Paperback – 2 Sep 2008
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Subtitled 'The expert guide' - this is no idle boast considering the book's pedigree. Co-authors David Annal, key census expert at The National Archives for the last ten years and the renowned The Genealogist's Internet author, Peter Christian, are both strong contenders for the title of leading expert in the field. --Family History Monthly<br /><br />The definitive guide to what the census is, what it was meant to do when it was created and its value to family historians. --Who do you think you are magazine<br /><br />This is a fine book, handsomely produced with much of interest --Ancestors
Peter Christian and David Annal have written what appears to be the definitive guide to UK census records...Not only is this book a time saver, but Census: The Expert Guide is also a great reference book. This book will help you 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 searching original records, on microfilm, CDs and DVDs. --Dick Eastman, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
This is a fine book, handsomely produced with much of interest --Ancestors
About the Author
Peter Christian is highly regarded in the world of online genealogy and has published many books and articles on the subject. He is the author of The National Archives' market-leading title The Genealogist's Internet, which has sold over 100,000 copies. David Annal was originally a professional genealogical researcher. Since 1998 he has worked at the Family Records Centre and The National Archives, where he has been a key expert on census records. He is the author of the highly-successful Easy Family History for The National Archives.
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Top Customer Reviews
The history of the census is one of the best aspects - bringing home how it was completed and the resultant limitations in the records now available to us.
They were illustrated with case studies,aspect two: always readable,using some well known families, the Darwins and Thomas Hardy, as well as less illustrious lineages .
The third aspect of the book is concerned with an introduction to the various on line census websites, followed by chapters about CD ROM and microfilm.This major section occupies chapters four onwards, from page 80 to the end of the book. Whereas the first chapters are a 'good read', this later part is not so readable, and is already dating, in 2012.A chart of the various sites would cover much of the same ground more accessibly.If someone was really stuck as to which of the sites to honour with a subscription, a read of this section might be one way ahead. However, it might well be better to go along to the local library and have a play with whatever they have, Find my Past, perhaps, or Ancestry.These sites do have introductory packages before the money demanded becomes too great.
Personally I find a mix of Ancestry and The Genealogist a good combination.
Although expensive if you are only going to have lasting use from the first 80 pages, I was fortunate to be bought the book as a welcome birthday gift!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of very interesting information on the various censuses carried out in UK. Helpful guide on what the various commercial services provide.Published on 18 July 2014 by johnb
Usefull for beginners or experts, have used for reference several times. Would recommend, good value for money. Will use again.Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by DiJoy
Not only does it do 'what it says on the box', but its really readable, so you learn as you enjoy. I've been using the census records, sort of, for years, but not really thinking... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2012 by Ms. A. L. Goodall
I have been researching my family history and this book is full of so much advice, tips, and research information giving you research contact addresses, websites in fact... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2012 by Mrs. G. C. Jenkins