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Statement from The National Records of Scotland
"The National Records of Scotland (NRS) are currently reviewing their policies of how they can best promote the use of ScotlandsPeople to SAFHS members.

As part of the change process, NRS has decided to stop selling discounted vouchers to SAFHS members with immediate effect. This decision was taken because physical vouchers are no longer practicable; their use needs to be administered and the decision to cease production also coincides with the end of our relationship with our previous service provider.

Any vouchers already purchased will continue to be redeemable, however, no further stock will be sold.

We would like to reassure you and your members that the decision to remove the physical voucher scheme is primarily operational. We thank you for your patience in relation to this matter and welcome suggestions on how else we might support SAFHS members in the future."

New ScotlandsPeople Website
SAFHS has been given an assurance by ScotlandsPeople that, when the new website takes over in October: All client accounts will be transferred to the new system; all credits will be valid; all images paid for and already viewed will remain on the individual client accounts; ScotlandsPeople vouchers will be valid; pricing will remain as it is at present.

It is planned to phase out the "hard" ScotlandsPeople vouchers, which will be replaced by codes. SAFHS will be having a meeting with ScotlandsPeople in due course regarding the status of the existing discount system, with the aim of negotiating a new deal.

The ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh will also operate using the new website.

The SAFHS Executive has recognised the concerns of SAFHS member societies and their members, and hopefully this statement will put your minds at rest.

Janet M Bishop, SAFHS Chairman

1911 Census for Scotland
The 1911 Census for Scotland taken on the the 2nd of April 1911, was made available for Family historians on the 5th of April 2011.

One of the unique bits of information on the 1911 Census which has not been seen on previous census is the Fertility information this shows for a married couple the number of children both living and deceased from that marriage.

The pages have also been digatised in colour for the first time, they became available from the 5th of April both at the Family History centre in Edinburgh and on the Scotland's People web- site.

You cannot scroll through an entire district, only the enumeration district, or institution you have gone into, whereas in previous census you could go through an entire district by going forwards or backwards and paying the appropriate number of credits. With this census you would have to find an entry in each enumeration district and then go forwards or backwards. An example would be Nairn Parish, which has 13 enumeration districts or Cawdor Parish, which has 6. This is relevant to those persons doing local history projects or for doing the history of a street where the street might fall within 2 enumeration districts. The Free Headers will give you a description of the enumeration district and can be found on page 2 of the header.

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