How to search the 1901 Irish census

By Seth Burgess, 16 July 2018 - 1:04pm

Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist Sara Khan explains how she traced Lee Mack’s Irish grandmother

 

Lee Mack’s grandmother, Bridget Delia Farrell, was born in Co Mayo in 1888. Although many Irish civil records are lost, we traced her in census returns for 1901 and 1911, which can be viewed for free on the Irish National Archives’ website.

 

Step 1

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Navigate to the search page for censuses, census.nationalarchives.ie/search. You can choose between census records for 1821, 1831, 1841, 1851, 1901 and 1911 by clicking the ‘Census year’ button. Unfortunately only small fragments of the 19th-century Irish censuses survive.

 

Step 2

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Choose the census you wish to search. Then enter the details of the person you’re looking for, in this case Bridget Farrell, a female in Co Mayo aged about 12, and click ‘Search’. If you can’t find them, add the prefix O’ – Irish surnames were often recorded both ways.

 

Step 3

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By clicking on the name in the list of results, you can see a transcript of the entry. You can also view the actual entry by clicking the ‘Household Return (Form A)’ hyperlink below the ‘View census images’ heading.
 

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