20 March 2010

TNA podcast: Counting the People

This talk is described by TNA as "Census returns are among the most popular records used by family historians and other researchers, but many of us give little thought as to what went on behind the scenes every time a census was taken. This talk explores the creation of the census, with the mass organisation of enumerators, temporary clerks, permanent civil service clerks and registrars, as well as the fascinating stories that lie behind each census, to help us better understand the records we think we know so well."

The presentation by Audrey Collins is excellent but to a remarkably quiet audience. It continues for over an hour and ends abruptly without the usual termination announcement.

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