The following announcement was written by Ancestry.com:
PROVO, Utah, Dec. 1 -- Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced that it has augmented its Scotland Census collection with the addition of the complete 1851 and 1861 Scotland Census records, making a total of nearly nine million names from this Victorian period available and fully searchable online. The collection, which also includes census data from the 1841 enumeration, is a pivotal source of information for almost 5 million Americans who can trace their ancestry to Scotland, enabling them to gain a better understanding of their Scottish history and heritage. Scotland is listed among America's top 15 ancestral nationalities.
"The Scotland Census collection represents a significant new resource for millions of Americans with Scottish Ancestry," said Tim Sullivan, CEO, MyFamily.com, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com. "Family history for most of us transcends both time and distance and our journeys to the past are even more fascinating when these pieces come together. Interestingly, U.S. passenger list records indicate a spike in Scottish immigration during this period, making these particular records very applicable to American family history."
Notable historical figures can also be found in the Scotland Census collection such as Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. American business man and 'King of Steel' Andrew Carnegie is listed and Allan Pinkerton, famed nemesis of outlaw Jesse James and founder of the first U.S. detective agency also appears. In addition to well-known Scots Sean Connery and Ewan McGregor, other celebrities with Scottish ancestry include Jay Leno, Reese Witherspoon and Donald Trump.
Ancestry.com hosts the largest online UK Census collection which includes the complete collection of England and Wales census records (1841-1901) as well as the Scottish enumerations. The addition of 1851 and 1861 census records is another proof point to the company's commitment to enriching the family history experience by taking it not just back in time but beyond borders.
With more than 5 billion names and 23,000 searchable databases and titles, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch almost a decade ago, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. The MyFamily network of family history sites, of which Ancestry is the largest, receive more than 9 million unique visitors worldwide and 450 million page views each month. (© comScore Media Metrix, September 2006.)