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21-04-2006, 5:14 AM
Can anyone please tell me if there was a census taken for the years 1841 and 1851 for Ireland the same as England.

Pam Downes
21-04-2006, 7:24 AM
Hi Russell,
The census was taken in the whole of Ireland (i.e. what is nowadays called Northern Ireland and Eire/Ireland/Irish Republic/Republic of Ireland) just as it was in the rest of the UK. However virtually all census records prior to the 1901 were either burnt in a fire or destroyed by the government.


21-04-2006, 7:50 AM
Wow Pam, I just had a look at the web site that is such a shame.

I does say however that parts of the census remain fronm 1821 to 1851, so with a huge amount of luck mine may still be there :(

Does anyone on this Forum have access to these records???????

Pam Downes
21-04-2006, 11:47 PM
Hi Russell,
I have a feeling that I've seen some online transcriptions for *some* places (probably in Donegal) in the last few days because I've been helping someone else with an Irish query. Needless to say I haven't got a clue where I saw it :D
However I think I can say without fear of contradiction that the records that do exist are not online like the English ones are available on somewhere like Ancestry. .
I've searched this forum for 'census', and it appears that you do need to know from where your people originated otherwise you literally have to start with a place and then work your way through all the remaining places with existing census in the hope that you will find a reference to them. There are also some hints of other records to search.
If you have an LDS FHC nearby, then you can order various census to view.
enter Ireland in place search, scroll down to census.
Also search links via
If this is your first foray into Ireland I wish you the best of British because I'm having difficulty just finding a decent online map of an area.

22-04-2006, 12:01 AM
Hi Russell
One site that does have some fragments of the missing Irish census records is census-online but if you don't know exactly where your family are from it does take some wading through.


22-04-2006, 10:31 AM
Thankyou Pam and Jill
I had forgotten about the ireland part in Family search I will check it out.
I will have a look at the census on line too Jill :)

Just for the record this is the family I am looking for.

Any information regarding Samuel Coulton b Circa 1834 County Antrim Ireland
Parents unknown. Brothers and sisters unknown
Samuel married in Belfast Circa 1855 to Mary Jane Taylor

I believe that Mary was born in Lurgan Ireland C 1834
Parents of Mary believed to be Archer Taylor and Julia Ann ???
Brothers and sisters unknown
These names donít seem to me to be Irish names so I am hoping that there are not too many to look through.

29-04-2006, 12:26 PM
No luck with either of those avenues.
any other recomendations appreciated |banghead|

30-04-2006, 4:47 PM
I also have Irish Ancestors from Dublin and Limerick and an unknown born in the 1880's but I have paid to have the records searched with no luck. The Irish equivalent of the record office don't even take electronic payments or a cheque unless it's drawn on an Irish bank acount, I had to post my credit card details!!!!
So good luck...

15-09-2008, 10:14 PM
At leat some of the 1851 Census for Dublin survived. However it only contains the name of the head of household and the address - maybe age & occupation too.

16-09-2008, 12:09 AM
Though this thread is over two years old, new members may be interested in the replies.

There are some here (http://www.censusfinder.com/ireland.htm)

or here (http://www.genealogybranches.com/irishcensus.html)

more info here (http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/) and here (http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse/records/census/)

I found my Tipperary family in 1901 at North Tipperary Genealogy Centre. You can google for the Irish Family History Foundation to find others.