Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Scottish censuses on FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has launched transcript copies on its site of the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Scotland. The site claims the accuracy of the transcriptions to be at least 98%. My understanding is that records will go up to 1901 in due course, unless there's been a change on the 1911 front. The records are accessible atwww.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys in an integrated search screen for Britain and the Channel Islands, though you can narrow the search to Scotland, by county of residence and birthplace etc. FindmyPast's blog post on the release is atwww.findmypast.co.uk/search/census/1851/person

It is worth knowing that some of the 1841 records are in fact missing - this includes many records from Fife, but also gaps in coverage for Moray, Perthshire, Argyllshire, Buteshire, Ayrshire and Roxburghshire - and St. Kilda was enumerated a few weeks after the census for the rest of Scotland was taken. For more on the missing entries seewww.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk/research/1841-census.html - details of Street Index books (Edinburgh and Glasgow) for 1841 can be found there also, and for 1851 at www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk/research/1851-census.html (ten cities).

Some areas also did not start recording the census until 1861 - Seafield in Banffshire, Kinloch Rannoch in Perthshire, Cumlodden in Argyllshire, Kirkhope in Selkirkshire, and Corsock Bridge and Dalbeattie in Kirkcudbrightshire.

Chris

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ermm... where did you get the info for Corsock Bridge and Dalbeattie? Both are in the returns for 1841 and 1851. DGFHS have index booklets for the '41 and typed indexes for the '51 available in local libraries. '51 is also transcribed online via D&G library website at http://www.dgcommunity.net/historicalindexes/default.aspx where you'll find over 1600 matches using the keyword Dalbeattie and James CORRIE and family living at Corsock Bridge in Parton parish. In '41 Edward BELL and family are listed at Corsock Bridge Inn.

Chris Paton said...

Hi anonymous - the information was taken from the ScotlandsPeople lists that I mentioned in the post - if those records have survived, that's excellent - might be worth letting ScotlandsPeople know!

Chris

Chris Paton said...

Thinking about it, I think they mean that Dalbeattie and Corsock Bridge were not classed as enumeration districts until 1861. They cannot be searched as such on the website for 1841 and 1851.

Chris