Census Records

A census of population was taken every 10 years from 1821-1911. Unfortunately, due to the destruction of the Public Records Office in 1922 most of these censuses, up until the 1901 returns, were destroyed. Fragments of surviving, earlier census records as well as the 1901 and 1911 census records, are available online from the National Archives of Ireland. The records can be searched by the family name and by townland and the website provides detailed guidelines on how to search the census records.

The Central Library and Dungarvan Library also hold microfilm copies of the 1901 and 1911 census records. When searching the census records remember to try different spellings of surnames e.g. Walsh, Welsh, Walch. In some cases the spelling may be quite different or the name was not transcribed correctly which can make the person difficult to locate by searching for the name. In these cases you can Browse the census forms online by location. In order to do this you will need to know the townland name and the Electoral Division.

  • The Register of Townland names is available here
  • The details on the census forms can also be used to lead to the next research step. The ages given on the census forms are not always accurate but they do give a place to start when searching for birth records. The 1911 census asked how long a couple were married and subtracting this from 1911 provides the year of the marriage and can be used to track down the marriage certificate or marriage record in the parish records.