Tuesday, April 05, 2011

1911 Scottish Census Now Available

Hello All -

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the 1911 Scottish Census returns are now available for public viewing after its 100 year wait. I have already taken it for a test drive and everything seems to be working ok with it and no delays, etc. The information is from the enumerator's books and not the household schedules, which haven't survived.

In brief, the information is on two pages. It may pose a problem if trying to print, but I am sure that there are enough clever folks out there that can work around this. Also, a bit different from the previous censuses is that it gives an overwritten number in the marital status section such as 1 for single male, 2 married male, 3 widower, 4 single female, 5 married female, 6 widow. It will also state the number of years married, number of children and number of children living. This can be very useful in trying to locate marriages and children's births and those who have died as children (babies or infants). There is also more mentions of adoption in the household relationships, which can really be a big help to researchers.

As I say I haven't really explored too much of it as of yet. So, I can't really give too much more detail about the newly published 1911 census for Scotland. However, it is great that it is finally here for everyone to look at and research their family with. It is a bit of a let down for us Scottish genealogists that the publications of the censuses lags a bit behind the publishing of the England/Wales census returns. But, it is here now and I am sure everyone will be delving into this new resource.

There is a good discussion about the new 1911 census by my friends and colleagues Chris Paton on his blog at http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com/2011/04/1911-scottish-census-now-online.html, and Audrey Collins on her blog at http://thefamilyrecorder.blogspot.com/2011/04/1911-scotland-england-and-wales-nearly.html I will close for now as I know that some of you will be anxious to get a chance to have a look at the new census.

Until Next Time . . . .