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Library and Archives Canada Connects Canadians to their Irish roots

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(Ottawa) June 3, 2010 - Library and Archives Canada, in collaboration with the National Archives of Ireland, announced today the launch of the online census research tool for the 1901 and 1911 censuses of Ireland.

In the spirit of international collaboration in matters of heritage preservation, Library and Archives Canada signed an agreement with the National Archives of Ireland in December 2005 to make the censuses of Ireland for 1901 and 1911 accessible online and free of charge. Library and Archives Canada's contribution to this project included digitizing microfilm reels, linking images to the database and making the records searchable by name.

"An important part of Canada's history is for immigrants to trace back their ancestry back to their points of origin" said Daniel J. Caron, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "This collaborative effort between the two countries represents a very good example of how sharing information can contribute to the public memory at a global level."

Making these records accessible online will give genealogists and historians around the world the chance to explore the age, occupation, religion and marital status of individuals. It will also allow research on Irish society of the early 20th century.

The Irish Census Online is available at www.census.nationalarchives.ie.

For more information on the partnership between Library and Archives Canada and the National Archives of Ireland, please visit ARCHIVED - The Shamrock and the Maple Leaf at www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ireland/index-e.html.

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The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.