1926 Southern Irish Census

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1926 Southern Irish Census

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The Irish Genealogy & Heraldry Bill, 2006 has created a special category for the returns of the first Census of Southern Ireland which was taken following the War of Independence when the Irish Free State was established by the 1920 Government of Ireland Act. The 1926 census, the first one which was taken since 1911, is an essential resource for the study of genealogy and social history in the Irish Free State. The lengthy closure of the 1926 census created a huge gap in our understanding of the period which included the First World War (1914-18), the Easter Rising (1916), the War of Independence (1919-21) and the Civil War (1921-22). The creation of the special heritage category for the 1926 census enables family historians to check records twenty years earlier than anticipated.


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1926 Northern Irish Census

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Just a word about the 1926 Northern Irish Census.

If you are hoping to access this wonderful source of information in 2026 I must disapoint you. The majority if not all was burnt/damaged in one or more of the Belfast Blitz during WW2.

I have been unable to find out exactly what remains but have been informed little.

Maybe Christoper might be able to get a straight answer from PRONI. I never have.



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