Thursday, 18 March 2010

1911 Scottish Census news

The 1911 Scottish census is currently being imaged and indexed, and the ScotlandsPeople Centre has confirmed that it is hoping to make it available in April 2011, both online and in the centre at the same time.

In other news from the centre:

Customer Survey
A survey will commence on Monday 22nd March for customers at the Centre on the SP network. There will be a monthly prize of a free day search to encourage customers to complete it, and the following four questions will be asked:-

age group;
how the customer heard about us;
how long the customer has been researching their family history, and
requests views and opinions.

The survey can be accessed by clicking the 'About Our Records' tab, which changes to 'Research' and takes you to the home page. The survey is part the way down the home page.

Missing 1851 Census Records
It has been determined that some 1851 census records were indeed scanned but that the images are very dark, the age old curse with that particular census of blue paper hosting brown and red text. The registers will require to be re-scanned but in the interim the centre is looking at how best to improve the image. Colour scanning may be the best option, but there may be issues such as with printing the records, so further investigation is currently underway.

Request forms for materials are now being updated, following the recent withdrawal of fiche and film. Please note that you can request up to 5 Post Office Directories at any one time.

Valuation Rolls and Kirk Session records
The digitised Valuation Rolls and Kirk Session records will continue to be available at NAS for the foreseeable future.

Finally the centre would like to alert people to the fact that farm horse tax records from 1797-1798 are available at Free of charge - and my understanding is that plenty more tax records will be made available in due course!

(With thanks to Dee Williams)

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