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31 October 2016

"The Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference" by Allison Dolan

The Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference: Tips, Tricks & Fast Facts to Track Your Ancestors authored by Allison Dolan and the editors of Family Tree Magazine provides a small book to carry in your pocket, tote bag or Kindle. Yet, this small book provides resources for websites, enumerator questions, keys to abbreviations, explanations of special schedules, census resources and maps. The pocket reference covers the United States census years of 1790-1940 and 19 international countries.
Do you know, "The census was to record the population exactly as it was on the official census date. However, enumerators may have visited an address days or weeks after the official census date."
Why is this important? Birth or death dates were to be as of the official date. Births or deaths after the official date were not to be reported. Confusion about the dates or questions sometimes lead to errors.
Do you know that the departments of War and Navy enumerated military personnel separately, in what years and where are the records? For the answers, read pages 13 and148.
Do you know if your state has missing records, a state census or special schedules? For the answers, read pages 15-17, 122-134 and 136-140.

What makes this book unique?
  • pocket size
  • ease to carry, yet packed with material
  • specialized for census only
Dolan, Allison & editors of Family Tree Magazine. The Genealogist's Census Pocket Reference: Tips, Tricks & Fast Facts to Track Your Ancestors. Cincinnati: Family Tree Books. 2012. quote regarding census date from page 12.

This pocket reference covers all census areas from dates and maps to enumerator questions and instructions. The title describes to the reader what will be found inside; and, inside the reader will find every detail in the title; nothing has been left out. The material is ageless. Our census use and access is limited only to our imagination. This guide opens up our imagination by presenting the census completely and concisely.

Check area libraries, this book is available at the Gwinnett County Public Library, Georgia. Ask yourself, does this book help me advance towards my genealogy goals? Comments or questions, please contact Selma Blackmon, Thank you!

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