Do you have Scottish ancestors from the county of Ayrshire? Explore the census and population lists from 1801 to 1831. From the records, you may be able to uncover your ancestors’ household address and their occupation.
Each record includes a transcript of the original record. The amount of information included in a record will vary, you may be able to find a combination of the following:
Other household member title
Other household member first name(s)
Other household member surname
Other household member age
Number of males
Number of females
Number of males over 20
Field of work
Number of looms
A census of population in Scotland has been held every 10 years since 1801 except for 1941 due to the WW2.
Parish schoolmasters carried out the census until 1831, enumerators were asked to provide statistical returns for the 1801 to 1831 censuses but some kept lists of householders along with other details notably occupations. Most of the surviving pre-1841 census entries are found in kirk session records with a few in Old Parish Registers.
Located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, the historic county of Ayrshire is in the southwest of Scotland. Bordering the counties of Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire to the northeast, Dumfriesshire to the southeast, ad Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire to the south. The principal towns of Ayrshire include Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine.
Begin your search broadly with just a name
If needed, you can narrow your search results by adding additional search criteria such as a place.
Try different name combinations if you are having difficulty locating your ancestor’s entry. Occasionally, the first name was not recorded. Try searching with only a last name and place.