Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851
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Ireland
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Location of Ireland
Record Description
Record Type Census Search Forms
Collection years 1841-1851
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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The National Archives of Ireland


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

This collection includes some of the forms used by the government to search census records between the years of 1841 and 1851. The purpose in searching the census records was to prove ages of citizens applying for Old Age Pensions. (They had to be at least 70 years old to receive the benefit.) Since civil registrations of births (birth certificates) were not required until 1864, it was necessary for the government to search the census records to validate claims. The searches were conducted by the government between 1908 and 1922.

This collection was originally captured by the National Archives of Ireland, and the index was created by findmypast.com.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Head of Household’s Name
  • Marital Status and Date
  • Occupation of Head of Household
  • County and Township of Residence
  • Other Household Members’ Names


Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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
  • Approximate location of residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Household members of the person applying for the pension are sometimes listed on their form. These names will be indexed as well
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

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

  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Check for variant spellings of the names

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]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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