Finding them in the Scottish census.

Lately I’ve been reconstructing Fleming trees in the South Lanarkshire area of Scotland.  I love documenting all the connections and comparing my efforts to online trees and then working through our differences.

But today solving a puzzle, I discovered that transcriptions of the 1861 Scottish census at FindMyPast and Ancestry CAN BE VERY DIFFERENT and not just with their interpretation of  location names. 

  • In the 1861 census entry at for Andrew Fleming at Ancestry:
    Avondale Registration District and Avondale Civil Parish:
    Lambs Land, Back Road, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    At home on census night were
    Andrew Fleming / Head / Mar / 42 / Cotton Weaver / bn Lanarkshire, Strathaven
    Jane Fleming / Wife / Mar / 34 /  / bn Lanarkshire, Strathaven

Of course I could have gone straight to the census image at ScotlandsPeolple but at this stage, although I was also looking for two of older children, this entry seemed complete. Read more