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Friday, 19 February 2016

FindMyPast adds Irish statistical surveys

FindMyPast has added two new record-sets: Ireland Census Reports and Ireland Statistical Surveys. Neither provides genealogical details, and you won't find your ancestors listed or named in these documents, but they may provide you with information about your ancestor's community, their customs and way of life.

If you can work out how to browse them! I've just wasted the best part of an hour trying to do so and have downloaded I don't know how many dead-end single pages. There is also, for some reason, a name field in the search page (there are no names in these reports, so a name field is unnecessary).

I've given up, but if statistical information gets you excited you may be prepared to persevere.

Ireland Census Reports provide statistical details regarding the number of inhabitants in a given townland and cover all 32 counties of Ireland. The statistics are broken down by gender, age, or other similar categories. The collection contains 194 census reports spanning the years between 1851 and 1911.

Ireland Statistical Surveys consist of surveys for Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, King's (Offaly), Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, and Tyrone, and date from the early 1800s.