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.
At the start of the Irish Civil War in 1922, a fire broke out in the Four Courts following an artillery attack. This fire destroyed many historic records including the remaining censuses from 1821-1851. Only a few scraps remained.
Ireland Genealogy offers a unique family history resource, where the otherwise lost census records for 1841 and 1851 can be rediscovered through the pension application records of the time.
Read more about the Pension Records.
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.
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