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Caithness Census Surname Indexes at the Family History Library

How surname indexes can help locate a person when a computer search of the large census databases is unsuccessful.

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Today, there are many useful websites and computer indexes for all of England, Wales and Scotland.  These include those found at FamilySearch.org, Scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, etc.  These are a good place to begin your search for people in the census.

There are, however, times when you cannot find your ancestor in these large indexes.  Perhaps, a mistake was made when these large indexes were made, or a person's name was not easy to recognize in the census enumeration book, or the surname was spelled differently.  In such a situation, you may be able to find your ancestor in the census by using a smaller surname index for the parish or town of interest.  When looking at a smaller index, it can be easier to pick out an alternative spelling of a person's surname.  These indexes are also ideal for finding all of the people with a specific surname in a specific location.

Many of these are available, in book, CD, microfilm and microfiche form.  The Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) has a large and growing collection of these smaller indexes. 

How to use this table to find indexes at the library.

Below are links to alphabetical lists of place names within this county for which the Family History Library has an index.  The tables contain the library call numbers for each place-name index that the Family History Library has in its collection. The call numbers are generally shown for the census years from 1841-1871 and 1891-1901, however there are a few indexes for other years. The surname index tables show the place name and the year for which an index is available.

The 1881 surname index books have not been tabulated in this reference table since FamilySearch has a large nationwide computer surname index for this year or a Caithness index can be found on microfiche #6086538. 

This table contains the Family History film and book call numbers for the census surname indexes (except 1881) that are in its collection. The indexes are listed by placename.


Census indexes at the Family History Library
PLACE 1841 1851 1861 1871 1891 1901
NOTE: The 1841 census indexes are available at the General Register Office of Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 3YT, New Register House
NOTE: The whole of the 1881 census of Scotland is surname indexed on all patron-access computers.
NOTE:  A name-indexed Directory of Land Ownership in Scotland, c1770, for Caithness is at 941 B4sr new ser. v. 5
BOWER See below 941.13/B1 X22h 1851 . . . .
CANISBAY See below 941.13/C1 X22h 1851 . . . .
DUNNET See below 941.13/D1 X22h 1851 . . . .
HALKIRK See below 941.13/H1 X22h 1851 . . . .
LATHERON See below  6214199 . . . .
OLRIG See below 941.13/O1 X22h 1851 . . . .
REAY See below 941.13/R1 X22h 1851 . . . .
THURSO See below  6214202 . . . .
WATTEN See below  6214202 . . . .
WICK (LANDWARD) . 941.13/W1 X22m . . . .




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