Monday, 4 April 2011

Meet the 1911 Scottish census team

Meet the original team from the General Register Office for Scotland which handled the 1911 census, under the supervision of the Registrar General for Scotland, James Patten MacDougall (subsequently knighted for his services in 1914), and his Superintendent of Statistics, James C. Dunlop.


Back row: J. H. Bannerman, A. W. Boyd, D. Moffat, D. McG. Yuille, J. T. Clark, J. Merry, W. M. Lewis
Middle: D. McInnes (messenger), C. W. Harbridge, A. Sked, J. C. Thomson, H. Ross, G. R. Ditchburn, C. Trice, H. F. Calder, R. O'Neill, W. S. O'May, E. T. Downing, F. W. Gibson, J. L. Graham, D. F. Spooner (electrician), H. C. Crawford, C. Henderson (porter), Constable Maclennan
Front: A. Fraser, R. Ivens, G. H. Clark, W. A. Davidson, Mr Harper, Mr Frouds, Mr Cossar, C. M. Campbell, A. I. Millar, J. T. Smith, W. Murray
Seated: A. Russell, W. Urquhart (messenger)

Thanks to all! You may not be able to meet them in person, but their hard efforts can still be appreciated from 11.00am tomorrow on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh (www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk).

For the full story behind the recording of the Scottish 1911 census, check out next month's Discover my Past Scotland.

Happy hunting - and Alba gu bragh!

(With thanks to Dee Williams at ScotlandsPeople)

Chris

10 comments:

Joe, Perth said...

Really looking forward to tomorrow's census release but I'm going to wait till the weekend when I'll have more time and the initial rush will have (hopefully) died down. Didn't the website buckle under the pressure when the 1901 was released 10 years ago? I wasn't researching 10 years ago but I seem to remember news reports about the website not being able to cope?

I'll be able to see what my grandparents and their brothers and sisters were doing as their first jobs.

Chris Paton said...

That was the English and Welsh 1901 census, as launched by the National Archives at Kew. It was their first census release, and they had no idea what was awaiting them in terms of demand! Site went down for several months, and after that the work was outsourced.

I don't think it's ever happened with Scotland - but the last census release was a few years back, and a few more people are interested now! The site is managed by Brightsolid, so I'll be stunned if it does go down!

Chris

Anonymous said...

11am?

why...

Chris Paton said...

Why not?!

We've been waiting a hundred years. I suppose a few more hours won't hurt! lol

Chris

Joe said...

19"11" = 11am?

Anonymous said...

Will the whole 1911 census be released at 11am or will it just start to dribble out a bit at a time from then?

Chris Paton said...

Possibly - though I'm guessing more like a soft launch at a time when most folk are at work!

Chris Paton said...

Oh almost certainly all released at once - we're only a wee country population wise!

Joe said...

Site is down as at 10am, is that just because they've taken it offline as they upload the census?

Chris Paton said...

No idea!