Monday, 28 April 2014


With Thanks to John Grenham for bringing this to our attention....

Irish Roots

Pre-1901 censuses launching today

After the National Archives first came out with its superb 1901 and 1911 census website (, a few innocent souls asked me when all the other Irish censuses from the 19th century would be going online. They’ll have their answer today.
This evening at 5.30pm, the Minister for ArtsHeritage and the Gaeltacht will be launching all of the Archives’ pre-1901 census holdings on the website. Before you swoon in ecstasy, let me clarify.
True censuses were taken in Ireland every 10 years from 1821, a full two decades before anywhere else in what was then the United Kingdom.
By the time the 1911 census had been completed, there were full sets of no fewer than eight censuses in existence, the earliest four transferred to the Public Record Office, the others still held by the Office of the Registrar-General, the body responsible for census-taking after 1851.
Then things started to go horribly wrong. ......

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