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A method of fitting a model life table is presented that requires data from two censuses taken some years apart. The method does not depend on vital registration or the assumption of a stable age structure. Abridged life tables and an estimate of the birth rate (a biproduct of the fitting procedure) are calculated for the Trio of Surinam. An evaluation of the results suggests that the Coale and Demeny West series of life tables is appropriate for this population, and that the methods may be resistent to common errors of age estimation.