Reveal your Scottish ancestry with this early census from South Ronaldsay and Burray, Orkney.
With every result, you will find an image of the original census alongside a transcript of the vital details. The transcript will also list the names of the other individuals living in the same household.
The images may reveal additional details about your ancestors such as, occupation, death date (if it occurred with a few years of the census) and marriage date.
The 1821 Orkney census was taken on the night of 18 May 1821. It was the third decennial census for the UK. Enumerators around the country were responsible for creating an accurate records of the number of people living in their area. However, and fortunately for genealogists and family historians, the enumerator for south Ronaldsay and Burray, schoolmaster Peter Nicholson McLaren, decided to make full lists of names. He records the names along with ages and occupations. The Orkney Islands are located off the northern coast of Scotland, between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.