Looking for records in Dumfriesshire pre 1841

Is the 1801 census available?

From 1801, the census has been published every ten years with the only exception being 1941, the census not being taken due to the Second World War. Up until 1911 the census returns are to be found published as Parliamentary Papers.

Is there a 1831 Scottish census?

The fourth census of Great Britain (that is England, Scotland and Wales) was taken on Monday 30th May 1831. The returns gave a population of 16.54 million people, an increase of 1.9 million over 1821. There were 2.85 million inhabited buildings, occupied by 3.41 million families.

How do I find my Scottish census records?

You can access census records from 1841 to 1911 on the Scotland’s People website, for a fee. Some free census data is also available at FreeCEN.

When did census records begin in Scotland?

Introduction. An official census of the British population has been taken every 10 years since 1801, with the exception of 1941. There were smaller population counts before this – including a credible count in 1755. However, 1801 was the first official government census, ordered by an Act of parliament.

Are there census records before 1841?

Before 1841, only fragments of censuses exist, even though censuses have been taken every ten years since 1801. These census fragments are stored in archives around the country, but there is no single, central reservoir in place today.

Can you view old census records for free?

Historic census forms from 1841-1911 are available to view free on site at the National Archives in Kew (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/).

Is the 1821 census available?

In some places, the 1821 census is descibed as “no longer exists” or “has been destroyed” but this is a misconception. The official census was simply a count under various headings for each parish, township, or place so in terms of information on individuals or households, it never did exist.

Was there a census in 1821?

In the censuses of 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 lists of names were not collected centrally, although some are held in local record offices. Other lists were sometimes compiled, for a variety of reasons, which are often referred to as census ‘substitutes’.

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