To look for records just enter the surname you are researching and click “search”.
You will be shown a list of all records that contain the surname you have entered. It will show the applicants name, county in which they resided at the time of the ’41 and/or ’51 census and an Ireland Genealogy file number. The applicant will not always share the surname that you have searched. This is because the entire record is searched and your results will show any records that contain that surname in it.
When you are searching a name, remember to enter variations on the surname – for example - "O'Harrow'" for "O'Hara", or "Smyth" / "Smythe" for "Smith".
You can search all these variations at once by typing "O'Harrow OR O'Hara" in the search field for surname.
You can also use the wildcard '*' character to search for variations, for example, "O'Har*"
And you can also tick the 'extended search' box to widen the search to all parts of the document record - including the Observation written on each record.
If you find that your search produces too many results, it is possible to narrow this down. For further information please see out section on How to re-fine your search.
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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