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1911 IR­ISH CEN­SUS

The 1911 cen­sus of Ire­land, cov­er­ing all 32 his­toric coun­ties, is avail­able to search for free at cen­sus.na­tion­alarchives.ie. The web­site also pro­vides ac­cess to the 1901 cen­sus, as well as sur­viv­ing cen­sus frag­ments and sub­sti­tutes from 1821 to 1851. Sadly cen­sus records for the sec­ond half of the 19th cen­tury were de­stroyed.

A LET­TER FROM IRE­LAND

Ini­tially launched as a weekly email news­let­ter, A Let­ter from Ire­land ( alet­ter­fromire­land.com) con­tains a wealth of on­line re­sources aimed at re­searchers trac­ing their Ir­ish an­ces­try.

The big­gest fea­ture of the web­site is the ‘Green Room’, a sub­scriber-only area that gives users ac­cess to video tu­to­ri­als, e-books and a fo­rum where they can dis­cuss their re­search with ge­neal­ogy ex­perts.

IRE­LAND REACH­ING OUT

Ire­land Reach­ing Out (Ire­land XO) is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps mem­bers of the Ir­ish di­as­pora re­con­nect with their roots. In­stead of wait­ing for peo­ple to ‘come home’ to re­search their an­ces­try, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has a net­work of vol­un­teers based across Ire­land, each ac­tively trac­ing the de­scen­dants of men and women who left their lo­cal area.

To help achieve its aims, the Ire­land Reach­ing Out web­site ( ire­landxo.com) has a vi­brant on­line com­mu­nity where fam­ily his­to­ri­ans can post their queries and browse ar­ti­cles about Ir­ish peo­ple, places and events – all com­pletely free of charge.

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