The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland Project

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Date(s) - 10/02/2024
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Join us online on Saturday, 10 February 2024, at 11:00 am EST for a records-focussed webinar with Dr. Brian Gurrin.  Dr. Gurrin will introduce the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland project and speak about the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922, with a particular emphasis on the records for the Palatines which were located in the Archive before it was destroyed. He will describe some of the surviving records for the Palatines which are available to researchers via the Virtual Record Treasury, including the relevant surviving returns from the 1766 religious census of Ireland, the greatest survey held in Ireland between the Down Survey of the 1650s and the national censuses of Ireland of the nineteenth century. He will also introduce some records which may find their way into the Treasury during this phase of the project.

Dr. Brian Gurrin is the Census and Population Specialist on the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland project. He has written extensively on census taking in Ireland. He is particularly interested in the demographics of Ireland’s regions in the pre-Famine period, and especially the religious demography of Ireland in the 1760s. His joint-authored (with Kerby Miller and Liam Kennedy) volume, The Irish religious censuses of the 1760s, was published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in 2022. His joint-authored (with Liam Kennedy, Donald MacRaild and Lewis Darwen) volume, The Death Census of Black ’47: eyewitness accounts of Ireland’s Great Famine, was published in early 2023.

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