Access to Scotland Census Indexes
I am not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so I access Family Search using what I believe it termed a Patron Account.
I understand and accept that access to record collections on the FamilySearch website are regulated through agreements between the Family History Library and the collection owner/creator. I the agreements do not allow me to view these indices then that is an acceptable outcome.
My question regards accessing the index information from the census records for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901 census’ of Scotland. My question does not cover viewing the digitized microfilms containing actual census images. I know these films must be viewed at a Family History Centre or affiliated library.
My questions are
1. Why can I not view the index information for the Scotland Census at home? I can view the England Census. The collection numbers for the Scotland census are as follows:
Year Collection Year Collection
1841 201600 1851 2028673
1861 2028677 1871 2028678
1881 2046756 1891 2046943
If I can view the census indices for the England and Wales why can I not view the Scottish ones. Since both the England and Scotland indexes where provided by Find My Past I do not understand why I cannot view the Scottish index entries.
2. Why can I not view the Scottish indexes while at an affiliated library even though I can access the underlying digital images? I do have to use the Family Search Catalogue in order to access the digitized microfilm.
3. At a Family History Centre using Google Chrome web browser with the portal add-on active I still cannot access the Scotland Census when viewing all Scotland Collections. However, when accessing the census records via the wiki a search of the census is available. NOTE: All cookie and browser data cleared prior to accessing the Family History data. I can also access these by directly by setting the url
At a Family History Centre, I suspect that some cookie or other item is setup by the portal add-on that allows access.
4. Why when I view an image from a digitized Scotland Census microfilm do I get a message that the Image was provided by Find My Past when, in fact, Find My Past do not have the digitized microfilm?
My understanding is The National Records of Scotland (or General Register Office of Scotland prior to 1911) provided these records, which were microfilmed by the Church in the latter part of the twentieth century.
Thank you for reviewing this question.