The release date for the 1911 census of Scotland has just been announced.
The Registrar General for Scotland today announced the date on which millions of personal records collected during the 1911 census will be published on the ScotlandsPeople website.
On April 5, 2011, the General Register Office for Scotland will release details collected from more than 4.7 million Scots – marking a century since the data was first gathered. The records will include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the 1911 census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census data will be presented in full colour rather than black and white.
It will cost one credit to view an index entry for the 1911 census. An image will cost 5 credits. Unlike previous censuses, the image spans two pages due to the additional questions that were asked about the fertility of marriage and the profession or occupation. Each page measures 34 cm long by 43 cm high so the images are best viewed on your computer screen or if printed, on size A3 paper.
The 1911 census was the last population survey carried out before the First World War and will feature for the last time, the names of many Scots who later died in service or left the country for overseas. The release of the data will take place just nine days after Scots take part in the 2011 census on March 27.
Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland, said: “This Spring sees both the release of the 1911 census data and the taking of the 2011 census. Interest in genealogy is fast-growing and ancestral tourism is important to the Scottish economy. So it is wonderful to know that our carefully-preserved records, kept confidential for 100 years, will make it easier for people to trace their family history and get an insight into how their ancestors lived in 1911.”