Create your own Australian Census Data Tables with CDATA Online tool

Those clever people at the ABS have done it again…  As well as internet access to pre-formatted Australian Census Data through their Quick Stats, Census Tables, Map Stats and Community Profiles you can use the CDATA Online (as a registered or guest user):

to create your own tables of Census data on a range of different topics such as: age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more

CDATA Online has now been nominated for two prestigious awards:

[CDATA Online is] one of 10 finalists for the eGovernment award, with the winner announced on 13 May 2009. The second nomination is for the ESRI GIS Challenge, an award that is decided by public votes, with voting open until the end of May 2009. If you have enjoyed the innovative and helpful elements that CDATA Online has brought to you and/or your business then please feel free to vote for us at the ESRI GIS Challenge website

 Congratulations to the ABS and thanks for the wonderful data!

Irish Census

The National Archives of Ireland has begun the roll-out of the 1901 and 1911 census data with the release of the 1911 Census of Dublin.  Accessible via their website:   records are indexed and can be searched by name, street,  age,  district electoral divisions, etc.  Access is free and the original record may be viewed.  This is a fantastic resource which is just the start in opening up Irish records for family historians.

 Dublin census entry

Making Sense of the Census

This week the State Library’s Business Librarians attended a public information seminar at the Australian Bureau of Statistics…

Did you know the ABS want your help with the questions for the 2011 Census?  You can make your contribution by visiting the Census pages of the ABS website – you have till 31st March 2008. There are already 4 free access points to the 2006 Census available on the ABS website:

  • Quickstats
  • Census Tables
  • Mapstats
  • Community Profiles

Soon to come are CData and TableBuilder – allowing more sophisticated manipulation of the Census data.  You can find it all on the Census Data page of the ABS website, and best of all it’s free!

Have you tried using the FREE Ancestry library edition database at the State Library?


Ancestry library edition is a subscription database, similar to the popular, where you can search for information on your ancestors free within the State Library building.

Popular databases include:

  • Australian convict index 1788-1868
  • UK census records and images for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 covering England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man but not Ireland
  • US census records and images 1790-1930
  • British Army World War 1 pension records 1914-1920
  • Pallot’s Marriage Index 1780-1837
  • British phone books 1880-1984
  • UK birth, marriage and death indexes 1837-2005 (not complete but worth searching)*

 *Remember that Ancestry is providing access to the indexes not to the original certificates. These will have to be ordered from the relevant registry office

What else can I find?

Other types of records include: parish records, wills, immigration records, directories, land records, court records, newspapers, gazetteers, maps and photographs

What can I do with my results?

To print your results click on Print and follow the on-screen instructions for the best results. Always use the Print Preview option first because there is often a blank page before and after your image.

There is the option to email your results but use this with caution as you can only ever email 5 results to any one email address.

Watch this space!

Family History subject specialists will soon be offering training courses on using Ancestry library edition for interested staff.