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BOOK - Surviving 1851 Census Returns of Ireland
By chief compiler George Bushell and the Irish Special Interest Group,Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
Originally published on CD by Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa 1999
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2017

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As a result of the explosion and fire in the Public Record Office in Dublin on June 30th, 1922, only a relatively small portion of the 1851 Census Returns for Ireland survived. This publication contains transcripts of many of the surviving returns, with a surname index of the contents.

"Recently, what was purported to be a transcript of the 1851 census returns of County Antrim. Because of omissions and errors in the incomplete Internet transcript, members of the Irish Research Group (IRG), Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, decided to complete the transcript by use of microfilm copies of the surviving 1851 census". The Group transcribed 171 townlands located in 14 parishes in County Antrim, as well as a number of townlands from four parishes in County Cork. Also included are the transcription of the one surviving census return from the townland of Clonee in County Fermanagh, and the abstracts of returns for five townlands in the parish of Aglish in County Kilkenny, which were published in The Irish Ancestor (1977). Furthermore, some 1851 census abstracts found among "Old Age Pension Applications" and in the "Green Family Collection" have been included.

In addition to the census returns transcribed, there are fragments (e.g. part of Loughrea Parish, County Galway) to which the Group did not have access. There are numerous other 1851 census abstracts among the Old Age Pension Applications, unorganized and unindexed, which the Group did not attempt to transcribe. These abstracts had been made before 1922 to verify the ages of persons applying for the Old Age Pension.

Finally, there are some abstracts from the 1851 Census Returns published in family histories. Except for the Green Family Collection mentioned above, which is included as an example, no attempt has been made to locate family histories with census abstracts.

The value of the information in these Census Returns cannot be overestimated. It provides marriage, birth, and death information prior to the introduction of civil registration in the mid 1800s. Genealogically, one can locate a family in the late 1700s by townland and parish. Individuals are placed in family groups, and in addition an insight into their economic standing is provided.

Contents include:
  • Introduction
  • Surviving 1851 census returns by County
  • Census abstracts in old age pension applications (various counties)
  • The "Green Family" Connection
  • Glossary of terms related to the linen industry
  • Index of names

Format of information povided:
    Each household is listed sequentially as in the actual census return. Two or more families may be living in the same household.

    Each household entry is divided into three parts:
    1. Main Entry: Persons living in the household on the date of the census;
    2. Absent from Household: Persons away from the household on 30th March 1851;
    3. Dead: Persons of the household who died between 6th June 1841 and 30th March 1851.

    The following information is given for each part of the household entry:
    1. Main Entry: Name, age at last birthday, relationship to head of household, marital status, year of marriage, occupation, place of birth, education, and whether deaf, dumb or blind.
    2. Absent from Household: Name, age at last birthday, relationship to head of household, occupation, residence on 30th March 1851
    3. Dead: Name, age at death, relationship to head of household, occupation, cause of death, quarter and year of death.
    The CD version is shipped immediately. The pdf download version download link is emailed to you within one business day. The hardcover edition is bound when ordered, so will be shipped with 14 days of order.
1119 Pages
8.5 X 11"
Hardcover is premium casebound with gold stamping on front cover and spine.
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Originally published on CD by Ottawa Branch Ontario Genealogical Society, Ottawa 1999
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2017

ISBN 978-1-77240-068-7 (digital edition)

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