Government census taking began in the early nineteenth century in Ireland. The first, and partial, census was carried out in 1813. This was followed in 1821 with the first complete countrywide census on 28 May. A new census was taken every 10 years after this date, up to 1911. The census for 1921 was never carried out because of the disarray caused by the War of Independence. Censuses for what is now the Republic of Ireland began in 1926.
The aim of the census was to understand the size and make-up of the Irish population to better inform government policy. As a consequence the range of questions asked, and information gathered, in each of the census returns 1821-1911 varied. In general they got progressively more detailed as new issues were felt important enough to analyse statistically.
The majority of Irish census returns from the nineteenth century were destroyed. The 1861-91 census returns were officially destroyed in their entirety, partly because of paper shortages at the outbreak of the World War in 1914. Earlier returns (1813-51) were mostly destroyed with the destruction of the Public Record Office at the outset of the Civil War in 1922.
But the statistical results from all these census returns were compiled into tables and printed for circulation among civil servants and politicians. From 1851 to 1911 these statistical tables and accompanying analysis were printed in a volume for each county for each year. It is these county reports that are reproduced here on CD-ROM or digital download.
Initially these tables recorded the numbers, ages and gender of the population by townland, civil parish and barony. These figures are important as they describe the changing circumstances of each district in Ireland and provide contextual information for family and social history. The reports usually list the change in population over the previous 10 years, so at a glance you can see the impact of the Famine in the 1851 reports. From 1871 the information gathered increased dramatically, and tables of statistics concerning "conjugal condition" (i.e. marital status), occupation, location of birth, disability, religious profession, education, emigration and foreigners appear.
The reports are far more than dry statistical tables. With this information the experience and composition of a townland can be tracked over the decades. Families and individuals were part of a wider townland community, and knowing that history can help researchers assess the social environment of a family. This provides essential background and context for any family history.
This collection of official census reports for County Sligo includes the following years: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911. Together these reports come to 527 pages.
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This is one of earliest full commercial directories of Ireland, and includes over 220 urban centres throughout the island. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, tradesmen, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland. There is a description of each Province and town as well. This was Pigot's much-expanded second edition (the previous version dated 1820) and is now extremely rare.
This title includes the Introductory sections, and the Connaught section only.
Lewis gives details about every parish, town and village in Ireland, including numbers of inhabitants, the economy, history, topography, religion and parish structures, administration and courts, schools, and much more. He also gives the names of the principal inhabitants (generally landlords, merchants and professionals).
This Dictionary is in four parts:
· Preface & Subscribers
· Volume 1: A-G
· Volume 2: H-Z
· Volume 3: Maps
The Maps are in full colour, making this source one of the most important for research on Ireland.
This is a short, yet very rare publication by the Sligo Chronicle newspaper. It contains a complete business directory for Sligo in 1878. It also contains a very detailed set of "Local memoranda" concerning the county, including a history of Sligo county and details about Sligo town, and the towns of Rosses Point, Ballymote, Collooney, Ballisodare, and Easky. This is followed by a comprehensive listing of all the people associated with the various administrative bodies in the county, including MPs, judiciary, Sligo corporation, Harbour Board, Sligo Union, Tobercurry Union, Dromore West Union, Sligo & Leitrim Asylum, County Infirmary, religious establishments, schools and the army.
However the real value of this publication is the range of unusual topics it covers. It has a section on "Profitable thoughts" containing many poems, a section on famous men and women from the county, and more. The book also includes an extraordinary calendar for the year ahead, which contains articles on a divers range of topics both local and international, with 15 illustrations.
While only 84 pages, this is a useful book for those studying Sligo and its people.
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This is an incredibly rare book, and one of the only county directories to ever be published for the west of Ireland. It contains a full list of county officials, magistrates of the county and borough of Sligo, public and private institutions, trades directory, general directory of the borough, and a directory of the principal towns throughout the county, as well as a lot of other useful information, such as a calendar of fairs, tides, postal services, etc.
There is a full street and business directory for Sligo borough, following which there are details for each town, including churches, schools, police, banks, schools, and a full trades directory. This booklet was distributed free to subscribers of the Sligo Independent newspaper, and is lavishly filled with illustrated advertisements. As a consequence we have published this title in full colour.
This superb book includes a full commercial directory for the entire country. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, trades, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland. Slater took over Pigot's important publication of commercial directories of Ireland, and this was the first instalment. It has almost twice as much detail as its predecessor (published in 1824), and is now an extremely rare item.
For those familiar with the study of Irish history and in particular Irish genealogy, directories such as Slater's are a vital research tool. Each town and village contained in the Directory is introduced by its geographical location in relation to its nearest railway station together with population statistics derived from the 1861 Census of Ireland as well as a brief geographical and topographical description. The Directory provides the names and addresses of the principal private residents, together with those engaged in commercial and agricultural activity as well as the presence and location of religious, commercial and public institutions.
This publication reproduces just the Province of Connaught section of Slater's 1870 Royal National Directory of Ireland. This directory is one of only nine national directories for Ireland published prior to 1900 and an essential research tool for the study of Irish genealogy and history.
This superb book includes a full commercial directory for the entire country. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, trades, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland.
This is the third edition of Slaters, for the year 1881, and contains 1,580 pages of information including a large-scale map of Ireland.
Ward and Lock's Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Connemara and the West of Ireland was published in London circa 1890 and can be viewed as a continuation of a myriad of books published in Ireland for the more intrepid foreign or Irish traveller throughout the nineteenth-century. However, with the advent of widespread rail communication in Ireland, the Pictorial & Descriptive Guide filled a niche for a new type of guide appealing to a new type of tourist. The Guide sought to provide information on every conceivable aspect of the tourist's travels, ranging from prices and descriptions of hotels to descriptions of the principal towns, the important antiquarian views and the botanical specimens that the traveller could expect to see on any one of the thirteen tours described. Ward and Lock's Guide, represents an important source for anyone interested in social history, travel history or the development of the Irish tourism industry. It is lavishly illustrated throughout, including 6 colour maps and many colour plates covering much of Counties Galway, Mayo and Sligo.
This publication reproduces just the Province of Connaught section of Slater's 1894 Royal National Directory of Ireland. This directory is one of only nine national directories for Ireland published prior to 1900. Apart from the fulsome coverage given-over to Ireland's four major cities, Slater's also provides information on the principal private and commercial residents (including farmers) of the larger towns and villages. As a fully searchable CD-Rom, the publication of Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland is an essential research aid that must grace the shelves of anybody interested in the people and institutions of Ireland.
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