Thursday 28 November 2019

New book: The People of Derry City, 1930

Just published in the USA is The People of Derry City 1930 by author Brian Mitchell MAGI, who manages the Derry Genealogy and Heritage Centre.

The 192-page book contains names and address details extracted by Brian from The Derry Almanac and Directory, and follows on from The People of Derry city 1921, which was published in 2016.

Because the 1926 census for Northern Ireland has been destroyed, the first post-1911 census that survives for Derry City is that for 1937. Under existing legislation, this won't be released to the public until 2038, which leaves the annual editions of The Derry Almanac as the closest surviving census-type documents for the period from 1912 to 1936.

Brian has transcribed both the 1921 and 1930 Almanac using five fields: surname of head of household, first name of head of household, street address, house number, and Almanac page number of the respective listing, creating census-substitutes for the city's inhabitants for the year before Partition and again nearly one decade later.

The new book is now available through ISBN: 9780806358949. Price US$32.