Thursday, 17 April 2014

Irish census fragments and pension search records to go online shortly

Claire Santry has announced on her Irish Genealogy News blog that the National Archives of Ireland will be simultaneously releasing (for free) its digitised images of surviving pre-1901 Irish census fragments, and Old Age Pension census search application forms, utilising data from the 1841 and 1851 censuses, on three sites on April 28th 2014 -, FindmyPast Ireland and FamilySearch.

I had an amazing piece of good fortune last year with the pension applications, allowing me to discover the identity of my five times great grandfather, via his grandson's application in 1918, which utilised census data from 1851 - you can read the full story at

(With thanks to Claire Santry)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

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