CIGO has started an online petition to support the Genealogical Society of Irelands (GSI) soon-to-be published parliamentary bill dealing with the release of the 1926 census.
The group argues the 1926 census should be opened because virtually every adult then living is now deceased and the data recorded is similar to that available in civil registration and other records.
Members also point out the 1926 census would be particularly helpful to genealogists. Many of those enumerated were born before Irish civil registration began in 1864, and it was the first census in 15 years (the scheduled 1922 count was skipped due to the Irish Civil War).
Precedent favors opening the census, according to CIGO. Public access to the 1901 and 1911 Irish census was established as early as 1961 . . . only 50 years after the 1911 census had been compiled. (In the United States, censuses are opened 72 years after they’re taken.)
The National Archives of Ireland is publishing the 1911 census online; so far, you can search records for Dublin. A partnership with Library and Archives Canada also calls for digitizing the 1901 census.
Until then, since theres no microfilm index to the 1901 and 1911 censuses, find your ancestors using the advice in Sharon DeBartolo Carmack’s March 2008 Family Tree Magazine Irish roots research guide:
To find the Family History Library (FHL) census microfilm with your ancestors county, first learn the district electoral division (DED). Find the DED in Townlands in 1901-1911 Censuses of Ireland, Listed by District Electoral Divisions, on FHL microfilm rolls 1544947 through 1544954. Then run a place search of the FHL catalog on the county and civil parish names, and look for a 1901 or 1911 census heading. Click on each title, then on View Film Notes to find the roll for the right DED. (You can rent FHL microfilm through a Family History Center near you.)