Information from the Census of Ireland 1901 and
It’s rather remarkable just how much
information there is available in Ireland to home genealogists these
days. Gone are the long
trips to Dublin to the National Archives and National Library see
the 1901 and 1911 censuses – as enjoyable as they may have been
– and gone too are the trips to the Valuation Office which old
timers among us will remember as having been at Ely Place and which
is now at the Irish Life centre on Abbey Street.
County Libraries really gave us great service –and still do
– with the introduction of their microfilm viewing/print machines
and the availability of censuses for the relevant counties.
However if you were searching outside the county you either
had to go to Dublin or go to another County Library.
But now, the information super highway really is open for Family
Research and once ‘difficult to obtain’ documents and maps are
now right there on the screen of your computer and necessitate a
journey of just a few yards and an investment of just time instead
of money. Certainly
there will be debate between modern researchers and those who did it
the old way. The
old-timers will point to the loss of friend-making opportunities,
the loss of the advice from like-minded researchers and archive
staff, the excitement of being in the Archives and Libraries, and
the excuse to travel to Ireland and Dublin because there was no
other way to get the information.
Internet Research Facility
The information available on the internet
includes Irish Valuation records, Valuation of Ireland maps, Irish censuses, and perhaps
one of the greatest facilities is the facility to connect with like
minded researchers and long lost cousins,
Remarkable are the stories we have come across of Irish families
living in the same U.S. cities for generations with contact all lost
until a search on the internet found cousins in the next block.
Be advised that when you are searching the
Valuation maps and Griffiths Valuation of 1850 that the maps
available online are, for the most part, amended to 1880.
Therefore some of the numbers have changed and you might well
be barking up the wrong family tree.
The Censuses too have had some mistakes in the transcribed
versions…so always check the original document which thankfully is
also provided with the census online.
The backlog of correction work must have been fairly daunting
–we found an institution for boys fifteen miles from where it
should be – but there is a facility to send in corrections to the
providers. What a great
job they do and what a great service they provide free of charge to
the end user.
If your ancestors were poor and you can’t
find them….try looking in the return for local workhouse and
search the pages for your ancestors initials.
The ages are also given and you can make an educated guess.
Of course you will have to keep in mind that many people did
not know their correct age and you can expect age discrepancies of
from one to ten years!
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