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Census Records

Although the first government-organised census in Ireland was carried out in 1821 and a census was taken every ten years until 1911, the Enumeratorsí Returns which contain details of the members of each family for all places in Ireland, only survive for the years 1901 and 1911.

1901/1911 Census I would normally use the"free" online 1901/1911 Census [National Archives, Ireland] as my starting point for moving back into the nineteenth century or forward to the present day. These two censuses provide details on the members of each household in a townland or street at that time as well as details of the houses in which they lived. Even more importantly, they provide a window into the nature of the society and economy within a locality in the early decades of the twentieth century. The census records, when used in conjunction with valuation records, allow us to see exactly where people lived in the early years of the twentieth century. This is demonstrated in the case study Town of Portstewart [1901 to 1911] and, indeed, in most of the case studies of localities and families. Click on the Case Studies link in the top menu to access the Portstewart and other examples. See also, this example of an Excel file of Heads of Families in Draperstown District 1901 & 1911 - read more.

Recently some of the fragments of earlier censuses 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 have been added to the 1901/1911 site. Because of its piecemeal nature, it is probably best to "browse" this new data rather than, initially, do a search for a name. The best of these fragments are those of the 1851 Census for Co. Antrim. These are available [free] online at searchforancestors.com - read more. I have also created separate Excel & PDF databases of the 1851 Census for the Parishes and Townlands extant in the Barony of Kilconway - Excel - PDF and the Barony of Glenarm - Excel - PDF. There are earlier sources that bear the name census but none of these is a proper census. They are normally referred to as census substitutes.

The best of these is the 1831 "Census" for Co. Londonderry.

The following are also useful - the 1803 Agricultural " Census" for parts of North Antrim - the Church Census material extant for Co. Londonderry and North & Mid Antrim and the Tithe Records [1820s/30s Tithe Applotment Books].

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