Transcribed records, provided by the various online genealogy websites are all very well, but part of your research should include checking the actual record image as well. For English records you may well be lucky enough to do this at the same time, and on the same website as the transcribed version, but for Scottish records you have to get them separately from Scotland’s People.
I had a recent person I was looking into that illustrated, again, to me, that it’s always important to look at the real records.
This lady was recorded as living in a house called Garden, in both the 1901 and 1911 census, and the transcription of the 1901 census said she was born in “North Unst”. That was in itself slightly unusual because most people recorded in Unst census returns have their place of birth recorded simply as “Unst”, without it being broken down any further. This is in contrast to the neighbouring island of Yell where birth places are broken down into “North Yell”, “Mid Yell” and “South Yell” because the island itself is not a single parish, and thus not a single registration area, unlike Unst which is.
When I found this lady’s birth record, it showed she was born in Garden, Unst. Not a surprise since this is where her parents, and later she, also lived.
Now there are two houses called Garden in Unst, one in Colvadale, and one in Snarravoe, neither of which I would consider to be in North Unst! See map for the two locations.
So, I brought up the actual 1901 census record, and it doesn’t say North Unst at all! It just says Unst. It would seem that the transcriber’s eye has been pulled offline to the record below her which records someone born in “North Yell”.
|ROAD, STREET, &c.,
and No. or NAME of
|NAME and Surname of each
to Head of
|Garden||Thomas Irvine||Head||Mar||34||Shetland, Whalsay|
|Janet Irvine||Wife||Mar||41||Do North Yell|
|Williamina Irvine||Daur||10||Shetland, Unst|
|Thomasina Do||Daur||5||Do Do|
|Andrina Williamsom||Sister in law||S||53||Do North Yell|
|Cathrine Do||Do||S||45||Do Do|
So, remember it’s always worth checking!