We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the 1861, '71, '81, '91 and 1901 census records, the indexes and images for the 1851 Census for Scotland are now available online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
We regret that a small percentage of 1851 census images were of such a poor quality (because of the quality of the original 1851 paper records, which are in blue ink on blue paper!) that we decided not to put them on the website, because users would have been paying to view an illegible image. Because an extract order copy will also have the same quality problem, we have also decided that these images cannot be ordered as extracts at the moment. Efforts are being made to have those images re-scanned in a way which enhances their quality and, if that is successful, we will make them available on the website. We will post updated information about that whenever we can.
In addition, we have been informed by customers of missing data, in particular, the whole of RD 597/0 (Kilmarnock). The Kilmarnock data has now been retrieved and we are working hard to make the missing data available on-line. Again, we will post updates when we know more about the timescale for doing so.