It was a Saturday afternoon in June 2015 when my friend Yannick emailed to ask if I’d like to come on a visit he was organising to the Garden Museum in Lambeth. I couldn’t go, but, sitting at my computer and at a loose end, it prompted me to do one of my occasional internet searches for my great-grandfather, who had been a gardener at several big houses in Ireland.
And there he was.
That afternoon I discovered that not only were the Irish Censuses of 1901 and 1911 online, but they were free to access.
I fell down the rabbit hole.