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Census email scam


The Society of Genealogists has received the following Statement from the Office of National Stistices (ONS) –

Statement from Director of the 2011 Census, Glen Watson, Friday 27 January 2012.

Email Scam



We are aware that an email entitled ‘Population Census: a message to everyone – act now’ is being circulated, allegedly in the name of National Statistician, Jil Matheson. This email demands individuals provide further personal information, supposedly for the Census and threatens fines for non-compliance.


This email is a scam and a hoax. It has no connection whatsoever with the National Statistician, the 2011 Census or the Office for National Statistics.


We believe the links in the email could download malware to any computer where the user clicks on the links. This could put your personal data, including financial information, at risk.


Anyone receiving this, or similar emails, should delete them, not open any links and certainly not provide any information.


For more information on how to protect yourself from this type of threat, please see www.getsafeonline.org


If you wish to, please report receipt of any such suspicious emails to www.actionfraud.org.uk


ONS takes the protection of personal census information extremely seriously. Collection of census data was completed last year and no further requests will be forthcoming from the Office for National Statistics relating to the 2011 Census.




Glen Watson

Director. 2011 Census

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Findmypast publishes new 1881 census index for Scotland

I’m very interested to note that Findypast have just published a new version of the 1881 Scottish census on findmypast.co.uk

The census recorded the population of Scotland at over 3.7 million in 1881 and they’ve freshly transcribed these records to ensure your ancestors’ details are accurately recorded.

The  1841-1871 Scottish censuses are already available on findmypast.co.uk. Search for your ancestors in the 1881 Scottish censusYou’ll be keen to search the 1881 Scottish census for the ancestors you’ve traced in the previous censuses. If you haven’t been able to find your ancestors in the earlier Scottish censuses, now’s the time to search the 1881 census to see if they make an appearance.

The high quality transcriptions make it easy to discover the crucial details about your ancestors’ lives and will be interesting to compare this version of the index to that we have all been using for the last 10 years or so. Sadly it is not possible to view the original census images on findmypast.co.uk, due to the General Register Office for Scotland’s licensing regulations but anyone searching at the Society of Genealogists Library will be able to use our copies of the Scottish census films in conjunction with Findmypast Index. Of course Findmypast is free to use at the Society’s Library and our members receive a discount on the FMP subscription as part of their SOG membership benfits.

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Family Historians to be Ambassadors for 2011 Census


It’s countdown to census time and  family historians will no doubt have noticed that the 2011 census team has been engaging with the genealogy community since last autumn  through a family history area on the website  www.census.gov.uk/2011familyhistory

Family historians  are invited to share their stories of how they have used the historic censuses in their research and post the stories on the census website. These stories have provided some of the most engaging content on the site. The census team has also created a fan  page on Facebook www.facebook.com/2011censusfamilyhistory  for members of the of the public to share their stories, tips and hints and tell how the’ ve  used the census to find people from their past. The Facebook fanpage also links back to the Societ y of Genealogists Facebook fanpage so why not visit both? if you “like” them then you can follow news and updates about the census leading up to census night and, of course, hear what’s going on at the  SoG.

The 2011 census website also includes tips on the census pages about tracing your family history and how the historic censuses can help. There is also a very useful free information leaflet on on the Society of Genealogists Website  which will help you use the census records of England and Wales in your family history research

With census well and truly in our minds and the scehdules falling through our front door, more and more people are  now signing up to the 2011 census Facebookpage and web pages. Will the 2011 census be of help to family historians in one hundred years? It’s up to the family history census ambassadors to ensure it is as complete a record as it can possibly be.