The normal search looks through the name of the applicant.
If you check the box 'Include Parents', the name of their mother and father are also included in the search.
'Soundex' searches for your ancestors names phonetically - where O'Hara and O'Hare and O'Harrow will be similar. Check the 'Soundex' box to search for names that 'sound' like your ancestor's names.
Finally, Extended Search searches the entire research document for the first name and family name you have given, including searching maiden names and the detailed notes on each document
You stand a greater chance of finding your ancestor using Soundex, Parents, and Extended Search, but there is always the chance of a finding a 'false positive' when searching!
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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