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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1911-1911
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Public Record Office, London

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from the Ireland 1911 Census, taken on 2 April 1911. The index was created by the National Archives of Ireland.

In this 1911 Census, some original household returns survive; these are forms filled out and signed by the head of each household on census night. (Most other countries only have Enumerators' books, where family details were transcribed by the person who collected the census information.)

This census is divided by County, District Electoral Division, and Townland/Street. The returns are arranged by townland/street within district electoral division within county. For each townland/street, there are a number of original household returns, filled in and signed by heads of households, and three statistical returns, dealing with religious denominations, classification of buildings, and out-offices/farm-steadings. They are filled out by the Enumerator for that townland/street.

The 1901 and 1911 Censuses are the only surviving censuses for the country of Ireland after the Irish Civil War bombing on 30 June 1922, when a massive explosion and fire demolished the building and the other records.

Additionally, there are other Irish genealogy records that have survived, such as:

  • Civil registrations
  • Parish registers
  • Baptism, marriage, and burial records for Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, and Methodists
  • Griffith’s valuations (land records)

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Census records may contain the following Information:

  • Given names of all family members
  • Ages and gender
  • Relationship to the head of the household
  • Marital status
  • Educational or literacy status
  • Occupation of the head of the household
  • County and township of residence
  • Country of birth
  • Religious affiliation

The 1911 census asked a significant additional question: married women were required to state the number of years they had been married, the number of their children born alive and the number still living.

The back of the form, also available on this website, gives the head of household and its address. In some cases, where forms were filled out in Irish, the name of the head of household appears in English on the back of the form. This name has also been indexed, and appears on the list of residents of a household. The back of the form is available to view under Form A, page 2.

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The approximate location of residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated ages to calculate a birth dates
  • Try to locate the family in earlier census records
  • Based on the age of the oldest child (if applicable) search for a marriage record for the parents

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ireland.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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