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Book Competition

This week we're offering a chance to win a copy of the second edition of Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census by Emma Jolly (Pen & Sword, 2020).


The book, which was published this week, is aimed at all family historians, whether experienced or beginners, and explores the full history of the census in the UK while giving hints and tips on how to find your ancestors. English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish censuses are all explored thoroughly, with differences noted between the census questions and the manner of enumeration in the respective regions.

The format of the book is chronological and includes details on surviving early censuses and census substitutes. This latest edition brings the book up to date, and includes sections on more recently released records, such as the 1939 Register.

Providing the researcher with a fascinating insight into who we were in the past, Emma Jolly’s new handbook is a useful tool for anyone keen to discover their family history. With detailed, accessible and authoritative coverage, it is full of advice on how to explore and get the most from the records.

Each census from 1841 to 1911 is described in detail, and later censuses are analysed too. The main focus is on the census in England and Wales, but censuses in Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are all examined and the differences explained. Particular emphasis is placed on the rapidly expanding number of websites that offer census information, making the process of research far easier to carry out. The extensive appendix gathers together all the key resources in one place.

Review
5/5 stars "I felt that his book is a great resource for tracking UK census data and a wonderful tool for anyone looking for their UK ancestors. The instructions for analyzing and understanding each type of census and how to glean the most information out of it was well thought out and easy to use."
NetGalley, Dale Dewitt

To be in with a chance of winning the prize copy, please answer the following questions by midnight on Thursday 27th August:

(i) The census index for which year was the first to appear online?
(ii) In 1942, the census returns of which year were destroyed?
 
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Competition Rules

  • entries by no later than the Thursday 27 August 2020 midnight 
  • Answer both questions correctly.
  • entries to: info@deceasedonline.com with heading: 'Census book competition'
  • entrants should provide full contact information including full postal address, email address, and at least one telephone number
  • only one entry per week per person/email address
  • each entrant can only win the competition once and win one book
  • winning entries will be drawn each week and the winners notified 
  • judges decision is final
  • the prizes will be sent to the winners by post as soon as possible
  • the answers to each set of two questions will be published in next week's blog

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