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Census Dates in Scotland

Censuses
1801 9th-10th March or
28th-29th June
Date to be confirmed. Different sources give different dates for this census.
Statistical census only.
1811 26th-27th May Statistical census only.
1821 27th-28th May Statistical census only.
1831 29th-30th May Statistical census only
1841 6th-7th June First census normally considered to be useful to genealogists.
Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from April 2006.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at LDS-FHC and various libraries.
1851 30th-31st March Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from March 2006.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at LDS-FHC and various libraries.
1861 7th-8th April Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from October 2005.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at LDS-FHC and various libraries.
1871 2nd-3rd April Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from April 2005.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at LDS-FHC and various libraries.
1881 3rd-4th April Index and transcriptions available online at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
Images available online at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from March 2009.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at LDS-FHC and various libraries.
Available on CD-ROM from the LDS (who transcribed them from the records).
1891 5th-6th April Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from July 2000.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at LDS-FHC and various libraries.
1901 31st March-1st April Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from January 2002.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Available on microfilm at various libraries.
(I am advised that LDS are not purchasing 1901 census microfilms.)
1911 2nd-3rd April Images and index available at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk from April 2011.
Images and index available on-screen at the ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Not being produced on microfilm.
1921 19th-20th June Covered by 100 year closure rule.
1931 26th-27th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
Much of the 1931 census for England and Wales was destroyed by fire (bombing) during World War II.
1939 29th September
Friday
Not a "decennial census."
National Register made for ID-cards, calling up, rationing and the like.
1941 ---- No census taken due to World War II.
1951 8th-9th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
1961 23rd-24th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
1966 9th-10th October 10% sample only
Covered by 100 year closure rule.
1971 25th-26th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
1981 5th-6th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
1991 21st-22nd April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
2001 29th-30th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
2011 26th-27th April Covered by 100 year closure rule.
Apart from 1939, all these censuses took place on Sunday-Monday. The information should be correct at the midnight between these dates.

Abbreviations used on this page:
LDS: (Church of Jesus Christ of the) Latter Day Saints
LDS-FHC: (Church of Jesus Christ of the) Latter Day Saints Family History Centres
ScotlandsPeople Centre: part of General Register House, Edinburgh