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where do I start

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I want to start looking at census returns from 100+ years ago but getting confused as to best way to start off - I've gone on to vs. on-line census sites and they want me to sign-up and subscribe to all sorts of databases/indexes that I'm not sure I need at all - is there some sort of guide, I wonder for a complete novice like me? -

- much appreciated and thanks in advance -
 

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