Each record you download will have the following information:
Source Film ID- the ID number of the microfilm held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland or National Archives
Ireland Gen ID - our own internal record number
Name - Applicant's given name.
Surname - Applicant's surname
Father - Father's name
Mother - Mother's name (often with Maiden name)
Townland, Parish, Barony, County - Location where applicant stated they lived at the time of the 1841/1851 census.
1841/1851 Census - Whether the applicant was found in the 1841/1851 census to verify their application. (Fd denotes that the applicant or a family with that surname was found, N/T denotes that there was no family of that name found in that location)
Observations – If the applicant provided other details e.g. names of siblings, or if the person searching the census made a note of details they had found on the census e.g. age of applicant and/or siblings, it will be shown here.
You can view example records here:
When you have completed your search (see our sections on How to search Ireland Genealogy & How to refine your search) and decided which records are of relevance to you simply click “Order”.
You may want to refine you search a little especially if the initial “Surname” search has produced at lot of results.
You can do this by also entering a first name or a county.
A census was taken in Ireland every 10 years from 1821 to 1911. The census records for 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 were destroyed by the government for a variety of reasons and at various times including during the First World War.
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