In the spirit of international collaboration in heritage preservation, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) signed an agreement with the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) in December 2005 to make the censuses of Ireland for 1901 and 1911 accessible online and free of charge. LAC's contribution to this project included digitizing microfilm reels, linking images to the database and making the records searchable by name.
"An important part of Canada's history is for immigrants to trace back their ancestry to their points of origin" said Daniel J. Caron, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "This collaborative effort between the two countries presents a very good example of how sharing information can contribute to the public memory at a global level."
Making these records accessible online will give genealogists and historians around the world the chance to explore the age, occupation, religion and marital status of individuals. It will also enable research on Irish society of the early 20th century.
The Irish Census Online is available at www.census.nationalarchives.ie.