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Making Use of the Census by Susan Lumas. Public Record Office Readers' Guide No. 1. PRO Publications, Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR. Second edition copyright 1993. £4.75.

This book is designed specifically for people who use the census rooms at the Public Record Office. A "tour" is provided giving the whereabouts of specific objects, shelves and the reference room with its indexes and finding aids. For those of us here in the US the most useful parts of the book explain how the census returns were made, problems you may encounter and how to overcome them. There is a useful section dealing with how to cite the reference for an individual accurately. The appendixes are excellent and include lists of towns and cities that have street indexes, the census divisions and registration districts. For those with ancestors in London there is a useful map showing the registration districts.

Note: This book is now in its third edition (1997).

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.1 no.1, 1994