Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Scottish 1851 Census now on line

Scottish 1851 Census - ScotlandsPeople:

"On the night of 30 March 1851 the gathering of census information in Scotland took place under the jurisdiction of the Home Office, and was organised by the sheriffs and chief magistrates. All subsequent censuses have been conducted by the office of the Registrar General for Scotland, established under the 1854 Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act.

Census enumerators were appointed and assigned a specific area to cover, distributing a schedule to every household in that area before census night. They then collected the completed schedules the following day, checked the details and copied them into an enumerator's book.

The census information that we see derives from the enumerators' transcript books, not the original schedules, which were destroyed. "


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