Censuses in Ireland
Co. Cork

Updated 16 June 1999

Submitted by Liam G. McFaul and posted here with his kind permission.

The first complete census returns were taken in 1813. This enumeration was followed by others in 1821, 1831, and every ten years thereafter until 1911. Most of these census returns have been destroyed. The 1901 census is the first complete census in existence today.

A. Religious censuses (1740-66)

vary in their details, but may include the heads of households, parish by parish, and indicate their religion; or may give statistics only. Some returns are available for Dioceses such as Ardagh, Armagh, Clogher, Cloyne, Connor, Cork, Derry, Dromore, Down, Elphin, Ferns, Kildare, Kilmore, Ossory, Raphoe and Ross. (I HAVE NO FURTHER INFORMATION)

B. 1821 Census

gives names of inhabitants, relation to head, ages, occupations, and information about the house and property. Some returns are available for parishes A-M, County Gavan; A-D, County Offaly; A-R, Fermanagh; A-L, Galway; A-T, Meath.
FHC microfilm # 0597733 1821 county Fermanagh census for Aughalurcher and Darryvolin
FHC microfilm #0992663 1821 census for Kings county

C. 1831 Census

gives names of inhabitants, relation to head, ages, occupations, and information about the house and property. Some returns are available for the following parishes in Londonderry County: Agevey, Aghanloo, Arboe, Artrea, Benagher, Glendermot, Killowen, Macosquin, Tamlaght-Finlagen, Templemore, and Termoneeny.

D. 1841 Census

gives names of inhabitants,ages, sex, relation to head, marital condition, year of marriage, occupation and birthplace (country, county, or city). The only return available is for Killeshandra Parish, County Cavan.

E. 1851 Census

gives the same information as the 1841 plus a list of those people belonging to the family that are not present (including their names, ages, sex, relation to head, present occupation, and country, county, or city of current residence) and a list of those family members who died while residing with the family during the last 10 years (including names, age, sex, relation to head, occupation, season and year of death). Returns are available for Drumkeeran, County Fermanagh and the following parishes in County Antrim: Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ballinderry, Ballymoney, Carncastle, Craigs (Ahoghill), Dunaghy, Grange of Killyglen, Killead, Kilwaughter, Larne, Rasharkin, and Tickmacreevin (Glenarm).

1851 remains for Co. Antrim can be found at my websites at my own domain. It is http://irishgenealogy.net and my e-mail address is Liam G. McFaul

F. 1901 Census

gives name of inhabitants, relation to head, religion, age, sex, occupation, marital condition, birthplace (country, county, or city), information on house and property including the name of the lease holder. This census is available in its entirety.

G. 1911 census gives same information as the 1901 plus the number of years married, total number of children born alive, and number of children still living. This census is also entirely available.

Still looking for FHC microfilm numbers. Also looking for people who would be willing to assist in a project to put all the old censuses on the internet. This will be provided as always for "FREE" . I think the 1901 and 1911 would be too large a project but not impossible. I would like to concentrate on the remains of the other censuses. Interested, send me an e-mail.

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