According to a report in today’s Yahoo News, the Irish and Canadian archive offices have agreed to collaborate to index and post on the Internet for free all the details of Ireland’s census in 1901 and 1911. This should be of compelling interest to the 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry, not to mention the 13 percent of Canadians who do so.
The records will be available online beginning in December 2006, when the first phase of the 1911 Dublin census records will be released.
The whole project will take three years to complete.
The records detail the name, age, sex, marital status, occupation, county and country of birth of everyone listed in every domestic dwelling, prison, hospital and industrial school in Ireland.
So if you suspect that your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, in a year’s time you may know for sure. And begorrah.