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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 04:00 PM

Irish Research : Public Records lost during 1922 fire to be recreated through virtual reality

Anyone researching Irish family history will know how hard it is, once you go back before 1900. The earliest full census available is 1901, and then 1911. Because of WW1 and the Irish War of Independence, the next census was in 1926. It's not even covered by the 100 year rule, but funding has been lacking to digitise those records, so worst case we could have another 6 years to wait.

Two major blunders caused the loss of almost all 19th century census records, so this news story offers hope where there was little before

Records lost during 1922 fire to be recreated through virtual reality

Records that were lost following the fire at the Four Courts in 1922 are to be recreated through virtual reality, under a new scheme being announced today. The fire happened during the Civil War and resulted in the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland and the loss of centuries of historical, genealogical and administrative records.

The new project, 'Beyond 2022, Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury' is a collaborative project led by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the National Archives of Ireland, the National Archives UK, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. It seeks to re-imagine and re-create, through virtual reality, the archival collections that were lost.





The project is supported by the Government through a capital grant funding allocation of 2.5m from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under Project Ireland 2040. An immersive, three-dimensional, virtual reality model of the digitally reconstructed Public Record Office of Ireland will be launched in June 2022 to mark the centenary of the fire.



Director of Beyond 2022 Dr Peter Crooks said: "The Four Courts blaze of 1922 was a national tragedy, but thankfully all is not lost.
"Beyond 2022 combines virtual reality and big data to recover from the losses of 1922 to a greater extent than ever previously imagined. "The scale of copies and duplicates we have identified in other archives is astounding. "We are already working with over 35 libraries and archives in Ireland, the UK and US. And this is only the beginning."

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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 04:07 PM

1. That's wonderful news.

We have quite a bit of information, possibly a fairly surprising amount, but I'd always like more. Also to be able to find living relatives there. I've tried to find out where my great-great-grandfather, who died during An Gorta Mor, is buried but haven't had any luck so far. His widow and kids emigrated in 1853, but I think the family had moved around some before they left.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 04:39 PM

3. Good for you, many aren't so lucky. Most Catholics can consider themselves lucky if they can find

someone at the start of the 19th century. If they had any interaction with the Crown, then there's a chance. On one line, one G-G-G-grandfather joined the Coast Guard in about 1828, in Castletownbere, and i was able to trace him all over England, Scotland and Ireland. On another line, my G-G-Grandmother was a Protestant from the Landed Gentry, who eloped with a Catholic, but her line goes back to the Plantation of Munster, Battle of Hastings, and the usual Kings of England connections.

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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 04:24 PM

2. This very exciting. Link below to the Beyond 2022 website...

For those who want more info and to follow along:
https://beyond2022.ie

I have at least a couple of Irish walls that I'm really hoping this might help break down but even more so I love the idea that all of the history thought lost forever won't all be.

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