Wednesday 27 September 2017

Will there be further Scottish coverage on FreeCEN?

I'm currently teaching a course on online Scottish resources, and as part of discussion concerning the volunteer census transcription project FreeCEN (, a student (Dave) flagged up a note I had not read before concerning the status of future transcriptions for Scotland, which is available at

Unfortunately, we currently have no more Scottish census images to transcribe. We still have opportunities for experienced volunteers to work as checkers, but we are not recruiting transcribers. If you would like to become a transcriber for another part of the UK, please contact FreeCEN Chairperson, Brenda Bowers, who will gladly get you started.

We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all the people who have contributed to the Scotland Free Census Project.

I mentioned this on last night's AncestryHour on Twitter, and have had the following response from @FreeUKGen:

Not one to rest on our laurels, we're working on something that *might* let us break through that particular brick wall...

Fingers crossed, and more news if and when I get it...

(With thanks to @FreeUKGen)


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