A few facts about Edinburgh from previous censuses…

In the 1861 census region of Edinburgh there were 295 families living in single rooms without any windows.

In 2001 there were 79 people older than 100 living in Edinburgh.

The number of students in Edinburgh increased 114 per cent between 1991 and 2001.

The 2011 Census on Sunday 27 March will shape the lives of everyone in Scotland. It gathers information which helps to plan and provide our future services, like housing, hospitals, schools and of course libraries. You can read more about this year’s census on the Scotland’s Census website.

Census data is used in lots of different ways including:

  • Monitoring population and housing trends to help plan future public service needs.
  • Planning major transport projects.
  • Distributing government programme funds to local communities, such as ethnic or disability groups.
  • Historical data used to research family and community life more than 100 years ago.

The census is useful for family history research because it gives you information on names, ages, jobs and place of birth for all the people who were in a house when the census was taken.

If you’re interested in using historical censuses for family history research The Edinburgh Room and Scottish Library have a large number of Scottish census records from 1841-1901. Staff can provide you with advice and help using the census records. Some worldwide census records can also be accessed through Ancestry, available to use for free in all our libraries.


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