Gravestone 1861 for the family of John Hamilton

Cuimhnich air na daoine bho ’n d’thàinig thu
(never forget those you come from)

This project is part of the U.K. Free Census (FreeCEN) project which aims to transcribe all the U.K. 19th century census returns to create an on-line “free-to-view” database. This is part of an overall project that also covers the registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths (FreeBMD) and Parish Registers (FreeREG).

Project status

East Lothian 1841, 1851 and 1861 are all complete, online and searchable, with many thanks to the late Mary Hamilton and her team of volunteers.

Currently the project is paused as we await the sourcing of data for further census years. Please address any queries concerning the project to the Scotland coordinator, .

Volunteers wanted

The FreeCEN project is a global online venture for ordinary family historians who would like to make a personal contribution towards our great hobby. All you need to participate is a computer with a spreadsheet program and an image viewer. We supply all other software and files.

Volunteers are needed in a number of England and Wales counties, both for transcribing and for proofreading (checking). The areas which need volunteers can be found via the Volunteer link on the top menu of the FreeCEN site.

1861 census parishes

Parish Name Number Transcriber Status
Records online 37,588
Aberlady 702 Roger White Online
Athelstaneford 703 Alastair Banks Online
Bolton 704 Roger White Online
Dirleton 705 Patricia Taylor Online
Dunbar-Burgh 706 Audrey Littin Online
Dunbar-landward Gordon Fairbairn Online
Garvald 707 Roger White Online
Gladsmuir 708 Ray Maunder Online
Haddington-Burgh 709 Patricia Taylor Online
Haddington-landward Roger White Online
Humbie 710 Roger White Online
Innerwick 711 Marion Bonts Online
Morham 712 Diane Maunder Online
North Berwick 713 Mary Hamilton Online
Oldhamstocks 714 Myra Frew Online
Ormiston 715 Roger White Online
Pencaitland 716 Audrey Littin Online
Prestonkirk 717 Bruce McArthur Online
Prestonpans 718 Elizabeth Dods Online
Salton 719 Tom McNairney Online
Spott 720 Rose Hamilton Online
Stenton 721 Bruce McArthur Online
Tranent 722 Diane Maunder Online
Tranent-landward Audrey Littin Online
Whitekirk & Tyningham 723 Siobhan Clarke Online
Whittinghame 724 Alastair Banks Online
Yester 725 Moira Meek Online