Welcome to the the Scotland Free Census Project. This project’s aim is to provide a “free-to-view” online searchable database of the 19th century Scottish census returns. It is part of the larger UK Free Census Project (FreeCEN).
For more information on the project and how to get involved, please read the project questions and answers.
Nearly five and a half million Scottish Census records are now available for searching! Uploaded returns can be searched in the UK FreeCEN database. If you need help searching the database, or would like more information on the Scottish transcriptions, please read Michelle Jeffery’s database search hints.
For information on a specific county, please select the relevant county home page in the table below or email the County Coordinator.
If you are not yet involved, why not think about volunteering to become a transcriber, or even a County Coordinator? We need more volunteers now to help keep this project moving forward. If you are interested, please contact one of the County Coordinators listed in the table below or one of the Scotland Coordinators, Rena Mitchell and David Robertson. We provide full support for all our volunteers. In addition, there is a page of resources for transcribers and checkers, plus a corresponding page of resources for coordinators.
Please keep in mind that most of our County Coordinators also work full time and have personal priorities. We try to answer immediately but that isn't always possible. Please give us a week or so to answer. If we don't answer in that time, please contact one of the Scotland Coordinators (see above) for assistance.
We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all the people who have made the Scotland Free Census Project a success.