If you have ancestors from any of these counties, you may be interested to know that the 1911 Irish census website has recently been updated. The National Archives of Ireland released the 1911 census for Dublin in December 2007, and has recently expanded the site by adding the census images for the counties of Antrim, Down and Kerry.
As well as the usual searching by name, there is the option to browse by place and view the names of householders living in particular townlands or streets. And the wonderful thing about this website is that it is completely free, so that once you’ve found the entry you’re interested in, the digitised image can be downloaded at no cost.
Do you need to know the population of Lesotho, the natural hazards in Afghanistan or the ethnic mix of Germany then the CIA Factbook is for you. The World Factbook is a brilliant intelligence resource compiled by the the American Central Intelligence Agency for foreign policy makers. It lists demographic, government, military, economic , communication and geographic information on 165 countries. Nations are searchable by a drop-down menu. It is ideal for school projects on different countries of the world.
The first unclassified version of the Factbook was printed in June 1971 but a public version was not available until 1975. It was first published on the Internet in 1997 and is now not available in print form.
Since October 2008, iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, home of the Internet Public Library, in Philadelphia has hosted LII (Librarians’ Internet Index). The next step is for LII and IPL (Internet Public Library) to merge. The two websites rank as two of the best subject directories for the Internet. Thousands of high quality Internet sites are organised and maintained by librarians. You can search by browsing subject listings or using a search box.
The music collection on the 2nd Floor of the State Library of Western Australia
The State Library has pleasure in rewarding its music clients by increasing the loan quota to 8 items, effective immediately. If you’re not a member of the library, please visit us in person or via the web and find out what a fantastic and unique service the State Library offers to the music lovers of the state. We hold over 70,000 scores and pieces of sheet music, a collection of sound recordings for listening to and a reference section dedicated to this great art, including books, journals and electronic resources and databases. Join today – it’s free, it’s easy and, like your Facebook account, is looking for new friends. Check us out now! www.slwa.wa.gov.au
Yesterday saw the long-awaited launch of a substantial part of the 1911 census for England and Wales. It’s available on a separate website at www.1911census.co.uk and later in the year will be available on the Findmypast subscription site. Searching is free but you will need to purchase credits to view transcripts or original images. Downloads are fairly expensive – I bought £6.95 worth of credits which entitled me to six transcripts or two census images. However, the site is easy to use and the quality of the images is excellent.
Details which haven’t appeared on previous censuses include how long couples have been married and the number of children born alive, still living or who have died. The column giving details of infirmities has been blanked out for privacy reasons. The most exciting difference between this census and previous ones is that the digitised forms are those filled in by the householders rather than the census enumerators, so you are able to download and save the form completed and signed by your ancestor.
This is not a full launch of the 1911 census. 36 English counties are available but six counties (all in the north of England), all of the Welsh counties, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Royal Navy ships at sea and military establishments overseas are yet to be included.
Did you know that the National Archives has recently added thousands more names to its index to passengers arriving in Western Australia? The passenger index now covers the period 1 January 1921 to 15 January 1950 and includes over 800,000 names.
To search the database, go to the National Archives website, select Record Search and, after logging in or electing to search as a guest user, choose Passenger index. As well as passengers arriving by ship in Fremantle and other WA ports, you can search for people who arrived at Perth airport between 1944 and 1950. Information given includes the passenger’s name, ports of embarkation and disembarkation, ship or aircraft name and date of arrival.