"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.