A Census of Scotland has taken place since 1801 however not all records survive.

Pre-1841 Census Records
Enumerators were asked to provide statistical returns for the 1801 to 1831 censuses but some kept lists of householders along with other details notably occupations.  Most of the surviving pre-1841 census entries are found in the kirk session records with a few in the Old Parish Registers.

Open census records (1841 to 1911)
The open census records are transcript books prepared by the enumerators after collection of household schedules from the head of every dwelling, institution and vessel.
The original household schedules were destroyed.
The Scottish census has been the responsibility of the Registrar General for Scotland since 1861.

Another little know fact is that the first Registrar General for Scotland Andrew Froude was born and stayed in Stonehouse for a number of years. He first appears in the 1881 census aged 5, however the spelling of the surname is Frood. He also appears in the 1891 census aged 14 and is listed as a scholar.
View more info on Andrew Froude

The information available on the census tables on our website were transcribed from microfiche by members and when using these records please bear in mind that mistakes or information could have been made or transcribed wrongly.

Please note that Census records are also made available as index-linked digital images on  ScotlandsPeople website and at the ” targetScotlandsPeople Centre and Local Family History Centres within libraries.