Orkney Census Surname Index

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Orkney Census Surname Indexes at the Family History Library

How surname indexes can help locate a person when a computer search of the large census databases is unsuccessful.

Today, there are many useful websites and computer indexes for all of England, Wales and Scotland.  These include those found at FamilySearch.org, Scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, etc.  These are a good place to begin your search for people in the census.

There are, however, times when you cannot find your ancestor in these large indexes.  Perhaps, a mistake was made when these large indexes were made, or a person's name was not easy to recognize in the census enumeration book, or the surname was spelled differently.  In such a situation, you may be able to find your ancestor in the census by using a smaller surname index for the parish or town of interest.  When looking at a smaller index, it can be easier to pick out an alternative spelling of a person's surname.  These indexes are also ideal for finding all of the people with a specific surname in a specific location.

Many of these are available, in book, CD, microfilm and microfiche form.  The Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) has a large and growing collection of these smaller indexes. 

How to use this table to find indexes at the library.

Below are links to alphabetical lists of place names within this county for which the Family History Library has an index.  The tables contain the library call numbers for each place-name index that the Family History Library has in its collection. The call numbers are generally shown for the census years from 1841-1871 and 1891-1901, however there are a few indexes for other years. The surname index tables show the place name and the year for which an index is available.

The 1881 surname index books have not been tabulated in this reference table since FamilySearch has a large nationwide computer surname index for this year or an Orkney index can be found on microfiche #6086634. 

This table contains the Family History film and book call numbers for the census surname indexes (except 1881) that are in its collection. The indexes are listed by placename.

Census indexes at the Family History Library
PLACE 1841 1851 1861 1871 1891 1901
NOTE: The whole of the 1881 census of Scotland is surname indexed. The index is available on all patron computers under Databases on the Network.
NOTE: The whole of the county is surname indexed for each census year by the Orkney Family History Society. For details, see this Internet web site: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/OKI/ofhs.html
NOTE:  A name-indexed Directory of Land Ownership in Scotland, c1770, for Orkney is at 941 B4sr new ser. v. 5
. . Library Attendant Fiche . . . .
BIRSAY 6393841 . . . .
BURRAY                                      SEE: SOUTH RONALDSAY
DEERNESS . 6393842 . . . .
                                                  NOTE: A surname index for 1821 exists on Fiche #6393836
EVIE AND RENDALL . 6393843 . . . .
FIRTH . 6393844 . . . .
FLOTTA                                       SEE: WALLS & FLOTTA
GRAEMSAY                                  SEE: HOY & GRAEMSAY
HARRAY . 6393845 . . . .
HOY & GRAEMSAY . 6393846 . . . .
KIRKWALL & ST. OLA . 6393847 . . . .
ORPHIR . 6393848 . . . .
                                                   NOTE: A surname index for 1821 exists on Fiche #6393837
RENDALL                                    SEE: EVIE AND RENDALL
SANDWICK . 6393849 . . . .
                                                  NOTE: A surname index for 1821 exists on Fiche #6393838
SOUTH RONALDSAY & BURRAY . 6393850 . . . .
                                                  NOTE: A surname index for 1821 exists on Fiche #6393839
STENNESS . 6393844 . . . .
                                                  SEE ALSO:  FIRTH
STROMNESS . 6393851 . . . .
                                                  NOTE: A surname index for 1821 exists on Fiche #6393840
WALLS & FLOTTA . 6393852 . . . .

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