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From: Barney Tyrwhitt-Drake <>
Subject: Re: 1881 Census Index
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999 12:08:33 +0100
In article <000501be7c70$842d5f60$>, Claire Emery
>I understand from a member of the list that there has been a development in
>the information available on the 1881 census data. I have been
>systematically checking each county in turn for my surname interests -
>ROWANE and BRICE and have now been told there is a national index of names.
There is of course no 1881 census data available for Ireland - the LDS
index that has been prepared from the transcription work done by British
volunteers covers only Scotland, Wales and England (plus Channel
Islands, Isle of Man, etc.). The original set of microfiche that the LDS
produced were *county* indexes, so that yes you had to search through
county by county if you didn't know where a family was living.
About 4 months ago the LDS produced a National Index on microfiche. It
has all the people in the 1881 census indexed by surname and then
forename, and tells you what county to search on to find them in the
original county microfiche set. I'm not sure how widely this National
Index has been distributed. It's certainly available at centres like the
Library of the Society of Genealogists in London. If you are in central
England, check with your nearest large Local Studies Library.
>My LDS FHC must not have this as they are very helpful and know what I have
>been doing. Could anyone please tell me if they know of anywhere in central
>England that does have this?
At the GENTECH meeting in the USA recently the LDS demonstrated a beta
version of the 1881 census on CD-ROM and have indicated that this will
be sold to the public at some future time in a similar way to their VRI
CD-ROM. No launch date has been given, and no statement has been made
about the availability of the National Index on CD-ROM. However, if I
was a betting man, I'd put money on us seeing both of these before the
end of 1999.
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