As reported on this forum September 2009, and January 2010 the information on the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census was in the process of being digitized and the 1911 Census was posted last September. All 32 counties of the 1901 Irish Census are now available on the National Archives of Ireland site by clicking here (note: Ann Rabinowitz will publish a detailed article on this next week).
There is no charge for accessing the information including the census records from the site. Corrections and improvements will be ongoing and the small amount of missing material will be added to the site.
The 1901 returns are arranged by townland and include for every member of each household; name, age, sex, relationship to head of the household, religion, occupation, marital status and county or country of birth. The census also records an individual's ability to read or write and ability to speak the Irish language. It also gives details of the houses.
The Library and Archives of Canada were a partner in the digitization process with the National Archives of Ireland. For those interested in Ireland you might find the LAC on-line exhibit relating to documents on the Irish in Canada of interest - available by clicking here.
While we may not think many Jewish ancestors came from Ireland, remember some may have stopped in Ireland on their route to Canada or the United States. Therefore, it is worth checking the database.
An Irish Times newspaper article regarding the release may be viewed here.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-large and
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee