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Findmypast has just added two fascinating Irish record collections that will help you add context to your ancestor’s lives.

Ireland Statistical Surveys

Ireland Statistical Surveys consists of fascinating statistical surveys produced by the Royal Dublin Society. The Society began to conduct such surveys in at the start of the 1800s with the aim of accurately portraying the realities of life in each county, particularly concerning its history, agricultural practices, politics, customs, and religion. The reports represented the first serious effort to capture and present such data and, having been conducted under direction from the Society itself, they offer solid and consistent information. Since they were created so early in the 19th century the survey are from any incredibly record of life in pre-Famine Ireland.

This collection is comprised of PDF images of the surveys from 10 Irish counties; Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, King's (Offaly), Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, and Tyrone. To study a survey in its entirety, search by title and then sort your results by image number. Then use the previous and next buttons in the image viewer to navigate through the publication.

Ireland Census Reports

Ireland Census Reports contains over 19,000 records compiled from census returns from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. The reports provide statistical details regarding the number of inhabitants in a given townland and cover all 32 counties of Ireland. The statistics are broken down by gender, age, or other similar categories and can help provide you with an invaluable snapshot of your ancestor's community.

Both transcripts and PDF images of the original reports are included in each records. You can read a title from start to finish by searching by title and sorting by image number or by using the previous and next buttons in the image viewer to navigate through the entire publication. The collection contains 194 census reports spanning the years between 1851 and 1911.

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