05 April 2011

1911 Scottish Census becomes available TODAY!

TODAY, 5 April 2011, Release of the 1911 Scottish Census

The 1911 Scottish census becomes available today. Images of the enumeration books will be in full color and for the first time the enumeration includes the particulars of the marriage, the number of children born from the marriage, the industry or service connected to the occupation and the nationality of the person enumerated. We are also planning to make some scanned historic documents available at www.ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, for example PDF's of the street index books for the main towns and cities of
Scotland, which will show whether a street existed in 1911.

Access the census and learn more at ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/)

Other census tidbits …

1940 US census
The 1940 U.S. Federal Census was conducted based on a census date of April 1, 1940. Given the seventy-two year privacy restriction, family historians will need to wait until April 1, 2012 before they can inspect schedules from the sixteenth census of the United States. The census counted a total of nearly 132.2 million people living in 48 states.

New Zealand Cancels 2011 Census
The disastrous earthquake in
New Zealand that killed at least 65 people has caused its government to cancel the 2011 census scheduled to be taken on March 8. A spokesperson for the government states “This is not the time to go door to door asking New Zealanders for information when they’re dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake.” There have been no announced plans to take the census at some future date. Additional information can be found at http://www.crf.org.nz/census%20cancelled.  (From: Nu? What's New? The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy From Avotaynu, Volume 12, Number 9, March 6, 2011)

This is not the first time a census has been cancelled:
1. In the UK, no census was held in 1941 because of the second world war but a "mini-census" was held in 1939 so that everybody could be issued with a National identity card. This was held on Friday 29th September 1939.
2. The first census in the Netherlands was conducted in 1795, and the last in 1971. The census that was planned for 1981 was postponed and later cancelled. A call for privacy was responsible for the cancellation of any further census since 1991. Censuses were being conducted by the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek since 1899. The censuses today are mostly (population, fiscal) register based, combined with surveying.

Read this great wiki page on the census, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census

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