Friday, 31 July 2009

Further delays to 1911 Irish census

Once again the Irish 1911 census releases have been delayed. The following is the latest update from the site:

Future releases of counties will comprise:

1. Limerick, Mayo, Waterford, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Fermanagh, Kildare, Kilkenny and Leitrim;

2. Londonderry (Derry), Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Queen’s County (Laois), Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Westmeath and Wicklow.

We are anxious to achieve the highest possible degree of accuracy with the transcribed census data, and efforts to ensure this has necessitated a short delay in releasing the next tranches. We now expect to be placing the first listed tranche online by late August, along with corrected data for previously published counties. The second listed tranche should be available at some stage around the middle of September. As before, this will be subject to our being satisfied that the data meets our required levels of accuracy.

By end-September, we will be rebuilding the site to include full transcription of all of the data on the household forms for 1911, including religion, occupation, relationship to head of family, literacy status, marital status, county or country of origin, Irish language proficiency, specified illnesses, and child survival information.

1901, with all data transcribed, will be launched towards the end of 2009.

The first tranche was initially proposed to be released by mid-July, and the second by the end of August. I suspect the promise of the 1901 census by the end of this year could be considered the classic definition of 'optimism'! :)

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Mick said...

Just a brief note to let you know that all 32 counties are now included in the online archives.

Chris Paton said...

Thanks Mick, though I have in fact announced this a couple of days ago. Roll on 1901...!