Thursday, 28 February 2013

Irish Army Census of 1922 fully searchable by name

As recently promised, has today updated its 1922 Irish Army Census database to allow searching by name.

This is the third and final part of the project to digitise and release this collection, which was gathered together on the night of Friday 13 November 1922 to provide the Free State Army command with information on how many men it had at its disposal, and where they were.

Scanned copies of the Census have been searchable since November, but there was no automated facility to search by name from the 33,200+ personnel. With the name index now online, researchers are able to interrogate the returns using a forename and/or surname and be taken direct to the pages where they appear.

As well as providing a location for an ancestor in 1922, the returns give name, home address and age, date and place of attestation, marital status, and name and address of next of kin, typically father, mother or wife.

As an additional feature, researchers can generate results on a county-wide basis.

The updated collection with its full search facility can be accessed here.