Thursday, 28 February 2013

1922 Irish Military Census now fully searchable

The census carried out by the Irish Free State's army during the civil war in November 1922, which has been online since November 2012 in a browsable format (see , is at long last fully searchable. For more information on the history of the census, visit - to search, visit

I can't find the reference now, but I believe it contains some 30,000 names in 10 volumes (though will correct that if I've misremembered!). And just to add - they've done a beautiful job of the digitisation! Keep an eye out for further records coming soon from the War of Independence and Civil War period - including a great record set from Eneclann. More soon.

For a moving video on the war, see

UPDATE: The digitisation is superb - but some big clangers with the indexing. Monaghan spelt as Monaghen, and Carrick on Suir is apparently in County Roscommon, when it is actually in County Tipperary. Not a hundred per cent sure what's gone wrong, but some very odd errors!

UPDATE: If you can't find a name you are looking for, you can reorder the names when presented in the returns by clicking on the headings boxes - so making them rearrange into alphabetical order etc. That way you can look for surname variants, which may help.


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