National Records of Scotland (NRS)

The National Records of Scotland (NRS), formed from the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) in April 2011, is responsible for the registration of births, marriages, deaths, divorces and adoptions in Scotland, and also conducts the Scottish decennial censuses. Their Statistics & Data section provides access to statistical tables about Scotland's people on a variety of topics such as migration, household estimates and projections, life expectancy, electoral statistics etc. The National Records of Scotland also provide the High Level Summary of Statistics on the Population and Migration Statistics section of the Scottish Government website. Additionally, Scotland's People is a fee-based site for genealogists to search individual historical records.

The Census section contains information about where to find Census products from the 1991, 2001 and 2011 censuses, and preparations for the 2021 census.

Census Lookup Tables may also be needed to match users' data with census data, e.g. by postcode unit (available from EDINA's Census Geography services at The Census Area Statistics, which provide data by output areas, postcode sectors and wards was made available in April 2003, through an online system called SCROL - Scottish Census Results On-line. The SCROL website also provides a description of the Census geography. Boundaries of Output Areas, Enumeration Districts, Postcode Districts etc for census data can be downloaded from

The old website of the predecessor body, the General Register Office for Scotland, can be found at:

Spatial Coverage: 

Various formats including: Adobe PDF, MS Excel, CSV

Data Access: 

Freely available data on internet.