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FreeCEN Scotland

Putting 19th century Scottish census transcriptions online
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Census Project FAQs

What is the Scotland Free Census Project?

The Scotland Free Census (FreeCEN) project is part of the larger UK Free Census project. The UK Free Census Project aims to provide a “free-to-view” online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns. The project began in 1999 with the England and Wales 1891 census returns. For more information please visit the UK Free Census project.

What is the goal of the Scotland Free Census Project?

The goal of the project is to transcribe, check, validate, and upload to an online database all of the 19th century census returns for Scotland. The Scotland project began with the 1841 census, which is now more than 90% complete. For most counties work has continued with the 1851 census and in some cases has progressed to the 1861 and 1871 censuses.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved with the FreeCEN project by becoming a transcriber for one of the Scottish counties, or you may like to consider becoming a coordinator for one of the counties.

How can I become a transcriber?

In order to be a transcriber, you merely need access to a computer and a little time to spare. We will provide you with software, and plenty of instruction and advice. If you are interested in becoming a transcriber, please contact the County Coordinator for the county you are interested in. See the table on the home page for names and contact details. If there is no County Coordinator yet, please contact either Rena Mitchell or David Robertson.

How can I become a County Coordinator?

County Coordinators recruit and supervise a team of volunteers to transcribe a county or part of a county. The area you cover is up to you. To be an coordinator, you just need basic organisational skills, some limited computer experience and of course spare time. If you might be interested in becoming a coordinator, please contact either Rena Mitchell or David Robertson.

I have already done a transcription for xxxxx parish, can I donate it to the project?

If you have a transcription you would like to donate, please contact one of the Scotland Country Coordinators, Rena Mitchell and David Robertson.