Thursday, 20 December 2012

Scottish census transcriptions join Genes Reunited

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Today leading family history website Genes Reunited has published 60 years of Scottish census records ranging from 1841-1901.

Scottish census records are an important resource for family historians interested in tracing their Scottish ancestry. The newly added census collection allows people to uncover household transcriptions from 1841 to 1901 where they can see who’s living in the household, their sex, age, birth year, occupation and where they were born.

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited comments: “The 1841-1901 Scottish census records are an invaluable resource for people tracing their Scottish heritage and we are delighted to be continually adding to our growing number of historical records.”

Historians at have uncovered the famous novelist and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson in the newly added census collection. Robert Stevenson is most famous for his books Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In the 1871 census Robert was a 20 year old student living with his parents, Margaret and Thomas. His father is listed as a civil engineer. Ten years later he is missing from the 1881 census which indicates he may have been away travelling! By looking through the census records you can trace the movements of families and the changing of occupations, the Scottish census records show how the Stevenson family moved around Edinburgh from Robert’s first home, 8 Howard Place to 17 Heriot Row by 1861.

The newly added 1841-1901 Scottish census records are available online at and are available to all Platinum members or they can be viewed on a pay per view basis. Due to the General Register Office for Scotland’s licensing regulations the Scottish census records on Genes Reunited will be the transcription records.

(With thanks to Natasha White)


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