Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851
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Record Description
Record Type Census Search Forms
Collection years 1841-1851
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Related Websites
The National Archives of Ireland

What is in This Collection?

This collection includes Irish Census Search forms images from 1841-1851. The government used these forms to search the 1841 and 1851 Census Search Forms to prove the age of people applying for the Old Age Pension (age 70 or older) during the period between 1915 and 1922, with some records as early as 1908 . This was necessary when birth certificates did not exist because the person was born before Civil Registration had begun for births (1864). This collection was originally captured at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Head of Household
  • Marital Status and Date
  • Occupation of Head of Household
  • County and Township of Residence
  • Other household members

Collection Content

Sample Images

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County 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?

  • Household members of the person applying for the pension are sometimes listed on their form. These names will be indexed as well
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

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

  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Check for variant spellings of the names

Research Helps

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

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
“Ireland Census Search Forms, 1841 and 1851.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. From database by FindMyPast and images digitized by FamilySearch. Citing The National Archives of Ireland, Dublin.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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