Friday, 12 February 2010

Lost Cousins adds 1911 Irish census network

From Lost Cousins:

Last autumn the 1911 Census of Ireland was published on the National Archives of Ireland website, the first complete Irish census ever to be made available online. Now LostCousins is offering anyone whose relatives were recorded on that census 99 years ago the chance to find their living relatives - and it's a completely free service!

Whether you're related to one of the 3 Molly Malones, the 3,316 Patrick Murphys, or to any of the 4.4 million other men, women, and children recorded on that census, you can use that information to find people who share your Irish ancestry.

All this is achieved with a very simple system that utilises census data as a 'key' to open the door to new contacts, new information, and new opportunities. Once you've registered at the LostCousins site you can enter details of relatives you've found on the 1911 Census of Ireland (or any of 5 other censuses from different countries) and search for living relatives simply by clicking a button.

Because the LostCousins system is fully automatic there's no need for anyone else to see the information you enter - the LostCousins system is designed to protect members' privacy.

The LostCousins site can be found at:

* It's always free to search for living relatives at the LostCousins site, but there's normally a small charge if you want to contact someone you find. However, until Molly Malone day (13th June 2010) you'll be able to contact relatives you're linked with through the Irish census completely free of charge.

Great news for those trying to establish connections with Irish descended cousins. I have to say though, as a County Antrim man married to a 'Kilkenny Cat', neither of us have ever heard of a Molly Malone Day, though that could be due to the length of the hangover from St. Patrick's Day!

There's a statue of Molly Malone in Dublin's Trinity area, pushing a barrow, and known locally as the 'tart with the cart'. Not to be confused of course with the statues of the two ladies shopping ('the hags with the bags') or the water feature based statue of the goddess of the River Liffy in O'Connell Street ('the floozy in the Jacuzzi')!

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