Research Data Service

National Records of Scotland (NRS)

Registration of births, marriages, deaths, divorces and adoptions in Scotland, and the Scottish decennial censuses.


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. NRS is responsible for the registration of vital events (i.e. births, marriages, deaths) in Scotland, and are responsible for conducting the Scottish census.

The Statistics & Data section of the site provides access to statistical tables about Scotland's people on a variety of topics:

  • Migration
  • Household estimates/projections
  • Life expectancy
  • Electoral statistics

The Scotland’s Census sub-section contains information about where to find Census products.

URL National Records of Scotland (NRS) statistics and data
Spatial Coverage Scotland
Data Access

Content is available under the Open Government licence.

Read the National Archives guidance on re-using public sector information

Key pages or related resources

Scotland’s Census 2011 Data Explorer

Scotland’s People website

Scottish Longitudinal Study Development and Support Unit website