I have recently been frustrated with Ancestry and searching my Scottish ancestry. In particular with the censuses. I have noticed that transcribing for these censuses is lacking somewhat in the correct or close correct surnames. I know that it’s usually volunteers doing this work which I really do appreciate but sometimes the names are just way out of whack.
Ones such example is Medougert for McDougall. This is almost no way there with wildcard searching etc that I would come across this name. I happened to find this by using a different site. On the plus side this lead to me to the following site which is quite useful for early Scottish censuses. This site is Scottish Indexes and I honestly can’t remember how I stumble across this site but I did. It is run by couple who have a genealogy company called Maxwell Ancestry. Its focus is mainly south Scotland but they do have records from all over Scotland.
I have used their site for searching their census indexes. You can either do a basic or advanced search. I will say those in my searching wild cards are a good option as for example when searching McDougall if the spelling was McDougal the result didn’t come up. The information that they give for census is more detailed than ancestry and some additional information is provided sometimes. One such example is for one ancestor they actually had provided who the ancestor had married. They also seem to be more accurate with the surnames then ancestry.
If you’re having trouble or you want search Scottish censuses for free, give the site a try.
As Always, Thanks for reading