Ireland Census, 1841 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1841
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Related Websites
National Archives of Ireland

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes fragments from the Ireland 1841 Census. The entire census is not included in this collection. The majority of the census returns were destroyed in 1922 but there are a few returns that remain for Killeshandra, County Cavan. The census returns contains: name, age, occupation, relationship to the head of household, date of marriage, education/literacy, absent family members, family members who died since 1841 and other information. The census is arranged by town land, civil parish, barony and county and contains: name, age, and locality information. A barony, in Scotland, Ireland and outlying parts of England, constitutes an administrative division of a country, usually of lower rank and importance than a county. This collection was originally captured at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Given Name of all Family Members
  • Ages of Family Members
  • Relationship to the Head of the Household
  • Marital Status and Date
  • Educational or Literacy Status
  • Occupation of Head of Household
  • County and Township of Residence
  • Country of Origin
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Family Members who died since the previous Census

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate location of residence

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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  1. Select County
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Townland to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Use the ages to calculate estimated birth years and look for birth records
  • Use the name of the head of household and spouse to find a marriage record
  • Try finding the family or individuals in other census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ireland.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Ireland Census, 1841." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. From "Ireland Census 1821-1851." Database and images. findmypast. : 2014.
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