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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Your Irish ancestors are online

...or they may be soon.

The Irish Times has announced the National Archives of Ireland's digitization of the 1911 census for Dublin, and is working to add all counties of Ireland for both the 1911 and 1901 censuses.

This is great news for Irish genealogists! Particularly interesting is the fact that, unlike census returns of the U.S. and other English-speaking countries, the records are actually the forms filled out and signed by the head of household, not the census enumerator.

Had your ancestors all emigrated before 1901? You may still find the project relevant to your search for family history. As mentioned by Megan of Roots Television, siblings and other family members often remained behind. Personally, I'm looking forward to searching for any of the elusive Cowhey family members who might have remained in County Cork or neighboring counties. Looks like Cork is one of the first counties on the planned digitization schedule. Thanks to the National Archives of Ireland for making research easier on us long-distance cousins!

Thanks to Chris Denham at The Genealogue for announcing this exciting Irish genealogy news in such a timely manner.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

How great !
You are lucky to be in one of the first five counties to begin. Mine ( Kilkenny) is in the middle of the list.
That is going to be one great resource.
Thanks for sharing this bit of news !


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