[OSM-talk-ie] Poor Law Unions and Electoral Divisions (EDs or DEDs)

Brian Hollinshead brian at hollinshead.net
Tue Sep 22 11:01:41 UTC 2020

Poor Law Unions and Electoral Divisions (EDs or DEDs) v Townlands and Civil

While the coverage for Townlands and Civil parishes is splendidly almost
nationwide, Sadly the same is not the case for Poor law Unions (PLUs) and
EDs. I have added several dozen PLUs in recent months, mostly up the west
coast using groups of existing EDs but have now run out of EDs,
particularly in the North East. To complete some of the PLUs I have added
about 20 EDs in Fermanagh and Armagh.

I wonder if there is any appetite among mappers to participate in a project
to fill in the remaining outstanding Eds. As an example in the Union of
Armagh there are eight Registrars Districts which are made up of about 27
Eds. Each ED can be composed of between ten and forty townlands.

The ‘Select dissolved members’ plugin, by John Kennedy in Kildare, for JOSM
very quickly allows the listed townlands to be downloaded and then
dissolves the internal boundaries leaving only the new complete external
boundary. Child’s play to use.

The EDs  and the Registrars Districts used for recording Births Marriages
and Deaths are of interest to historians and genealogists . If there is
interest I suggest a pilot project to complete Poor Law Union No. 4, Armagh.

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