6201Re: 1926 Irish Censuses
- Apr 27 3:28 PMLiam,
Good to hear your input.
--- In Mid-AntrimGenealogy@yahoogroups.com, "L.G. McF" <larneman@...> wrote:
> While I agree with 99% of what you wrote, Elwyn, the last sentence is not
> what I was told many, many years ago.
> According to my information the 1926 N. Ireland census was badly damaged
> during the Blitz of Belfast in Second World War.
> The same thing happened with many records of soldiers who served in WW1 in
> They have been working for years restoring or recovering those water
> damaged records.
> I was told that this was the intention for 1926 N. Ireland census,
> to restore or recover water damaged records.
> They may now have been pulped but I am assuming due to War damage.
> I am only writing this because so many other censuses were pulped to
> support the First World War effort.
> I cannot understand any need since that.
> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM, elwynsoutter <elwynsoutter@...>wrote:
> > **
> > Here's a little information on the 1926 Irish census which I found on
> > another site and which you may find interesting (if also disappointing).
> > There had been an announcement in the Dail (Irish parliament) a year or so
> > ago, that the 1926 census was to be released soon. There's been a change of
> > mind, presumably based on legal advice.
> > 1926 census information will not be made public until 2026. The 1926 census
> > was held under the Statistics Act 1926 which meant that all information
> > collected was purely for statistical purposes and could not be divulged to
> > any person or organisation.
> > The Act was subsequently repealed by the 1993 Statistics Act. One of the
> > provisions of the 1993 Act was that the guarantee of confidentiality would
> > be lifted in the case of information provided for the census after 100
> > years.
> > The Act had retrospective effect which implies that the records from the
> > 1926 census are confidential until 2026 - 100 years after the census.
> > Census Enquiries Section,
> > Central Statistics Office,
> > Swords Business Campus,
> > Balheary Road,
> > Swords,
> > Co. Dublin
> > Note: For those not familiar with the background, whilst the rest of the
> > UK had a census in 1921, civil disorder in Ireland made taking a census
> > there impractical. It was 1926 before it could be taken, in both the Irish
> > Free State as it then was, as well as in Northern Ireland. The part
> > covering what is now the Republic of Ireland is safe, but obviously won't
> > be accessible for another 13 years. Unfortunately the part for Northern
> > Ireland was pulped for spare paper, and so is lost.
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