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As usual, this week I continued working on my usual DESW "Developed English Speaking World" population data research project. As I've been doing for a while now, I continued to expand my coverage for Ireland, finishing the decennial censuses for 1901 and 1911, as well as those for the Irish Free State in 1926 and 1936 and Northern Ireland for 1926 and 1937. This week I also did some reading into the history of lawns as they are such a large component of the society I live in and rarely do I stop to think about why they exist. 


Recently I've also thought about the possibility of eventually creating a database for every place name, both urban and rural, in what I define as the DESW but that expansion would be so many magnitudes greater than the expansion that I'm currently working on. It would be something that I might be able to do within years of research and aggregation. Currently, it is best to finish the expansion I've been working on, as it has been months since I've publicly released a proper update regarding my data aggregation as I've been waiting until I've completed this expansion and have a finished product to release. The DESW part one article, where all of the data will eventually be released to, can be found here on my website.


Some interesting things that I could observe in aggregating data for every place in the DESW, both those that are urban and rural, is that I could analyze what occurred to rural places as well as the urban places that I've already been aggregating for. I can also compare an even greater collection of place names which would be interesting to observe if I can find any patterns among the names. 


As I've been working on aggregating for Ireland, some issues arose. Since most of the island was ceded from the United Kingdom in 1922, this created some interruptions in the decennial census schedule. From this point onward, the island is now comprised of two political entities. Northern Ireland, which remained as part of the United Kingdom, and the Irish Free State which later became the Republic of Ireland. Due to the interruption that this cession from the United Kingdom caused, both in the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland there was no 1921 decennial census as would have been regularly scheduled. In Northern Ireland, the next decennial census following the 1911 decennial census was taken in 1926. This also happened to be the same date that the Irish Free State also took its first census following the 1911 one before its cession. The figures from these two 1926 decennial censuses are used in my data for the 1920 column. The decennial censuses following these two was taken in 1937 for Northern Ireland and 1936 for the Irish Free State. Figures from these censuses are used for my 1930 column. Over the next week I will work on the 1946 census for the Republic of Ireland and the subsequent censuses that I can find. I will also work on trying to find data for Northern Ireland, but due to some UK census laws, this data might be difficult to come by. 


The number of places analyzed in my data has risen from 8,879 to 8,882, up by 3 places since last week at this time. The small increase is likely due to the potato famine, which had a long term effect of causing many places to lose population, meaning that there's less of a chance of a new place passing my 1,000 inhabitant threshold for the first time during the 19th century, and also my incrementally higher thresholds throughout the 20th.


The screenshot included in this posting is of a small section of my data for Ireland. It shows how I now have up to the 1930 column now filled and how I've been adding notes based on what information is included in each decennial census. 


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