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There has been a census of the population every ten years since 1841, giving information about every household in Scotland. They are open for inspection up until 1901. Only larger towns are indexed by street, so it is necessary to have an address before consulting a City Census, (this information can, if someone was born, married or died in or near a census year from 1861, be obtained from the relevant certificate).
The 1841 census is limited, in as much as it contains only whether a person was born in the county, I for Ireland or E for England. Ages for adults are approximate, i.e. 30 means 30-34 etc. No relationships are given.
Some population figures for various decades in Lanarkshire are shown below:
BIRTHS, DEATHS & MARRIAGES From the first of January 1855 there have been statuary registers of births, deaths and marriages. Registration was compulsory, however there was no penalty for non-registration of deaths
until the 1870s, so before then not everyone would have registered such events.
OLD PARISH REGISTERS Commonly referred to as the OPRs. These are records of Births/Baptisms, Deaths and Marriages/Proclamations. They commence at various dates from the late Sixteenth Century until the mid Nineteenth. They vary greatly from Parish to Parish and relate, in general, only to the adherents of the Established Church of Scotland. Therefore information regarding R.C.s, Episcopalians or one of the Non-Established Churches are not likely to be found in the OPRs. There is no guarantee that a search would be successful there, nevertheless they are the main source of information prior to Civil Registration.
GLASGOW CITY ARCHIVES A wealth of information is contained here which not only has excellent records for Glasgow, but has records relating to most of the counties contained in Strathclyde ie. Argyleshire, Ayrshire, Dumbartonshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.
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