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Irish Census fragments from the 19th Century


1821 Census of Ireland

This census, organised by townland, civil parish, barony and county, took place on Monday, May 28th 1821, and aimed to cover the entire population. The 1821 census of Ireland recorded the following information:

  • name;
  • age;
  • occupation;
  • relationship to the head of household;
  • acreage of land-holding;
  • number of storeys of house.
  • Almost all of the original returns were destroyed in 1922, with only a few volumes surviving for parts of counties Cavan, Fermanagh, Galway, Meath and Offaly (formerly King's County). The surviving volumes are kept in the National Archives in Dublin. The age of those recorded in the 1821 census of Ireland should be treated with caution as genealogists believe they are not accurate.


    1831 Census of Ireland

    These census returns are also organised by townland, civil parish, barony and county. The census recorded the following information:

  • name;
  • age;
  • occupation;
  • relationship to the head of household;
  • acreage of land-holding;
  • Religion.
  • The fire at the Four-Courts buildings during the Irish Civil War in 1922 destroyed all but one set of the original returns. The surviving set are for that of the parish of Killeshandra in county Cavan.


    1841 Census of Ireland

    Unlike the two previous census returns of 1821 and 1831, the returns in 1841 were filled out by the householders themselves, rather than government enumerators, The information supplied was:

  • name;
  • age;
  • occupation;
  • relationship to the head of household;
  • date of marriage;
  • Literacy;
  • absent family members;
  • family members who died since 1831.
  • Only one set of original census survived 1922, that for the parish of Killeshandra in county Cavan. There are, however, a number of transcripts of the original returns. The 1841 census was the earliest to be of use when the state old age pensions were introduced in the early 20th century, and copies of the household returns from 1841 and 1851 were sometimes used as proof of age. The forms detailing the results of searches in the original census to establish age still survive and can be researched in the National Archives for areas in the Republic of Ireland and the Public Records Offices of Northern Ireland for areas of its jurisdiction

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    1851 Census of Ireland

    This census recorded the following:

  • name;
  • age;
  • occupation;
  • relationship to the head of household;
  • date of marriage;
  • Literacy;
  • absent family members;
  • family members who died since 1841;
  • Religion.
  • Most of the surviving census returns for 1851 relate to parishes in county Antrim. This census was also used in the early 20th century as a means to prove the age of those seeking the newly introduced state pension.


    1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 Census of Ireland

    The official destruction of these censuses, spanning four sets of returns, by order of the British government was completely thorough. Apart from a few transcripts contained in the Catholic registers of Enniscorthy from 1861, and Drumcondra and Loughbracken, in county Meath from 1871 nothing else survives.


    Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

    Church Records Land Records Directories
    Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
    Newspapers

    Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

    Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
    Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
    Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
    Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
    Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
    Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
    Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
    Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

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