[Ireland] Bill Introduced to Make Ireland's 1926 Census Granted Historical Status and Immediate Release to Genealogy Researchers

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

A bill has been introduced in Ireland that would make the 1926 Ireland census special heritage status and have the census released for genealogical and other research purposes. This effects only the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland  The 1926 Ireland census was the first census taken since the establishment of the Republic of Ireland as a state whereas the 1911 census was taken when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. Currently there is a 100-year embargo before the census can be released. The bill is a private members’ bill therefore, not government sponsored so its outcome is not known.  To read the short bill go to: http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2013/5013/b5013d.pdf.  More information may also be found on the Irish Genealogy News blog found at: http://tinyurl.com/aze7b4v 
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Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Genealogy Newsletter for first alerting us to this pending legislation.

 Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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