Thursday, 17 June 2021

Scottish 1921 census release delayed until latter half of 2022

ScotlandsPeople ( has added an update on the release of the 1921 census - and it is going to disappoint a lot of folk:

We will release indexed images of the 1921 Scottish Census on and in the ScotlandsPeople Centre in the latter half of 2022. We’ll keep you updated on progress via our digital channels.


I first reported on the possible delay on the census release last month ( on the basis of a news update from Manchester's Anglo-Scots FHS, which was subsequently confirmed by a member of the Aberdeenshire and North East Scotland FHS. They had been informed of a possible delay by the Scottish Association of Family History Societies, following correspondence it received from the ScotlandsPeople Centre, but this is the first public confirmation from the centre itself through its own online channels.

It's worth noting that the ScotlandsPeople Centre never actually gave a date for the census' publication, only that it would be made available after June 2021, but it was widely anticipated that it would be released this year at some stage. There is no point blaming the ScotlandsPeople Centre, as the staff at the NRS have their hands full just now with the coronavirus situation - so please blame the bug folks, and not the staff, who are doing their best in very difficult circumstances.

In a forthcoming edition of Family Tree magazine ( I have written a detailed guide to 20th centry records that you can get on with in the meantime, as we await the census's release, and I'll announce more on that when it is published.

All good things come to those who wait - we'll just have to wait a wee while longer...



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