Irish Interest Group publications

While we were filling a big order for back issues of The Septs, I was able to dig into the archive bins for the first time. Did you know Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) had its origins with the ‘Irish Interest Group’? Their first quarterly newsletter was published in June, 1980. The journal’s title was changed to The Septs in January, 1990.

Reading the earliest issues was like delving into the genealogy of The Septs. The goal from the very beginning was clearly to bring articles of interest to those doing Irish family history research. It goes without saying (but I will say it), the names of board members and editors have changed a lot in 35 years.

Before I mail off this order I’ll share a few gems from the old issues. The June, 1980 issue included a reprint of information “originally included in a syllabus printed by the LDS Church at their seminar two years ago.” The comprehensive article covered an overview of sources to research with details about civil registration, census, land records and wills. Much of the data is now online, of course, but I don’t recall ever reading this summary about surviving census records (in italics):

Census – Contents of the Records

A. 1821 Census — Gives names of inhabitants, relation to head, ages, occupations, and information about the house and property. Some returns are available for parishes A-M, County Cavan; A-D, County Offaly; A-R, Fermanagh; A-I, Galway; A-T, Meath.

B. 1831 Census — Gives names of owners or occupiers, number of males and females, number of servants, religion, and information about the house, some returns are available for the following parishes in Londonderry County: Agevey, Aghanloo, Arboe, Artrea, Benagher, Glendermot, Killowen, Macosquin, Tamlaght-Finlagen, Templemore, and Termoneeny.

C. 1841 Census — Gives names of inhabitants, ages, sex, relation to head, marital condition, year of marriage, occupation and birthplace (country, county, or city). The only return available is for Killeshandra Parish, County Cavan.

D. 1851 Census — Gives the same information as the 1841 plus a list of those people belonging to the family that are not present (including their names, ages, sex, relation to head, present occupation, and country, county or city of current residence) and a list of those family members who died while residing with the family during the last ten years (including names, age, sex, relation to head, occupation, season and year of death). Returns are available for Drumkeeran, County Fermanagh and the following parishes in County Antrim: Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ballinderry, Ballymoney, Carncastle, Craigs (Ahoghill), Dunaghy, Grange of Killyglen, Killead, Kilwaughter, Larne, Rasharkin and Tickmacreevin.

Wow! Don’t we all wish the 1851 census records were still available? Irish research would be a completely different game if we had all those details.

In future postings you’ll see more insights from early copies of the Irish Interest Group Newsletters.


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