Additional Thoughts on the 1911 Irish Census

By Ann Rabinowitz

As can be seen Part I of my material on the additions to the 1911 Irish Census, The National Archives of Ireland has opened the 1911 Irish Census to on-line free access in a digitized format. This allows the researcher to locate their family by name or address.  An interesting use of the 1911 Irish Census, particularly in Dublin, which was the first county to be opened in the Census, is to expand on knowledge to be gained from other sources.
An example of this is a listing of the goings on of the Board of Guardians, Dublin, Ireland, which appeared in the April 20, 1923 edition of “The Jewish Chronicle” which was published in London, England.  As with many resources in British, South African or other colonial entities of the British Empire, only the initial is given for the first name of the person.  This can be very disconcerting to the genealogist who needs to know the full name of the person in order to make connections with their family.

Utilizing the 1911 Irish Census, one can find the first names of the individuals on the list, or, at least, most of them.  The results of searching the Census for the names found in the above referenced article can be seen below.

The President of the group was W. Nurock (William), a leading member of the Irish Jewish community who had been born May 31, 1865, in Kurshan, Lithuania, and died in Dublin in 1938. The rest of the members of the Loan Fund Council Committee were:

  • A. Bernstein (Abraham)
  • L. Clein (Lewis)
  • Leo Coleman
  • S. Dundon (not available)
  • L. Freedman (not available)
  • F. Ginsberg (Falk)
  • H. Goldfoot (Hyman)
  • M. Golding (Meyer)
  • L. Gurevich (not available)
  • L. Levinson (Lewis)
  • M.S. Newman (Morris)
  • W. Nurock (William)
  • A. Spiro (not available)
  • N. Tolkin (Nathan)
  • A. Weinronk (Abraham)
  • Dr. G.S. Wigoder (George Selia)

(Note, this is not the later Geoffrey Wigoder, born 1922, who was the editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica)


As you see, not all of the names were to be found in the Census.  This may mean that they had not yet come to Ireland in 1911; they were living in a town other than Dublin such as Cork or Limerick; or, they were out-of-town when the Census was taken.  Another option is that their name was different in 1911 than it was in 1923.


  1. Hello Ann,

    I just thought i'd drop a short note to let you know the National Archive of Ireland has expanded coverage of the 1911 Irish Census.

    The online records now include counties Antrim, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, King’s County (Offaly) and Wexford, and they hope to include the rest of Ireland over the coming months.


    Hopefully of interest to anyone with Irish links who happen to drop by.

    All the best,


  2. Dear Mick:

    Thanks for updating the available counties in the 1911 Irish Census. Great stuff and I am looking forward to the remainder of the counties coming on-line so I can locate family members.



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