Getting Started with the Irish Census – FamilySearch December 17, 2019

I saw this today on FamilySearch – Getting Started with the Irish Census – FamilySearch December 17, 2019:

December 17, 2019  – by  Kathryn Grant

As family historians, we love census records. They provide a snapshot of people and their families and communities over time. They can give us clues for births, marriages, and deaths. They help tell the story of our ancestors’ lives.

If you have roots in Ireland, Irish census records may be a valuable resource for you. Becoming familiar with what’s available and where to find it will help you make the best use of Irish censuses in finding your ancestors.

Irish Censuses: What’s Available, and Where Is It?

In Ireland, censuses were taken at irregular intervals until 1821, after which they were taken every 10 years. The latest census to be released is the 1911. The next census, taken in 1926, is currently scheduled to be released in 2027 (after the 101-year waiting period).


Not surprisingly, Irish census records reflect the country’s unsettled past. Many census records were lost when the Public Record Office was destroyed in 1922. Only fragments remain of those records. In addition, the government destroyed original census records from 1861 through 1891 after compiling statistics from them.

Because so many census records were destroyed, and because the information in different censuses can vary so widely, here’s a summary of what you can find and where you can find it.

Ireland 1740 Census

Description: Census of Protestant householders.

Coverage: Original returns were destroyed in 1922. Partial transcripts survived for counties Armagh, Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Down, Longford, and Tyrone.

Availability: Hard copies are held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. No online source is known.

Ireland 1766 Census

Description: Census taken to record religious affiliation (Catholic or Protestant).

Coverage: Most original returns were destroyed in 1922. Surviving returns cover the dioceses of Armagh, Cashel and Emly, Cork and Ross, and Waterford.

Some transcripts also survived, mainly for North Cork, Limerick, Londonderry, Louth, and Wicklow.

Availability: or Family History Library films 100173 and 100220. Both of these sources are taken from a list of about 11,000 names created by A. T. Groves. In addition, the National Archives of Ireland has published a Guide to the Religious Census of 1766, which provides additional help for locating surviving returns.



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