Saturday, 3 December 2011

TNA Podcast: Making geographical sense of the census

From the day long conference on the census held at TNA on Saturday 1 October 2011 comes this talk by university geographer Humphrey Southall who looks at the bewildering variety of geographical parameters that have been associated with the census since 1801 to the present.

Unusually, and very welcome, the slides accompanying the presentation are available online; it`s a big download. Toward the end the presentation he switches to an online example from Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, from the Vision of Britain website.

There is some annoying variation in volume as the speaker moves back and forth which would be corrected if TNA would splurge for a head-attached mic, something I've already suggest to them.

While the talk doesn't have much directly for the genealogist it might help you explore how your ancestor managed to switch geographical area between censuses while staying in the same house.

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