Sunday, 14 March 2010

Jedburgh census finally mapped and uploaded

I know it has taken a long time but it’s finally uploaded: The Jedburgh census of 1841, 1851 and 1861 has been linked to Google maps and the National Archives of Scotland’s digital map library.

Search the census now!

A quick history and geography lesson from Graham:

First things first, until 1857 the parish of Jedburgh was in three detached parts, the large part containing the town and Royal Burgh of Jedburgh, and two smaller “islands” situated south of the town sandwiched between the parishes of Southdean and Oxnam.

In 1857 these two “islands” were joined together, along with small sections of Southdean and Oxnam parishes between and around them, to form the parish of Edgerston.

This means that for any give address in this area, that in the 1841 and 1851 census the address could be listed in Jedburgh parish but in the 1861 census you would find it in Edgerston parish. You may suppose this person has moved but actually they have stayed still and the parish boundaries have moved. Also if you are looking for a child born in the parish of Edgerston they may be difficult to locate unless you are aware of the boundary changes!

Anyway, I hope this makes sense and proves useful to somebody. As a matter of interest we have also indexed some of the Jedburgh prison indexes, details are on our website at:

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