The Irish Research Group of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society completed a WordPerfect transcript of the surviving 1851 Irish census in 1994. They then used this transcript to publish a listing of the surviving returns in 1999. The records for County Antrim were subsequently converted into a database by George Bushell in 1995 for use in a paper that looked at the social and economic patterns of that county. A summary of the 1851 occupant returns for County Cork, made in 1853, have also survived for a few parishes and some analyses of these data have been added to a 2007 update of the original 1995 paper. A very small number of the original returns remain for counties Fermanagh, Kilkenny and Cork, as well.
The returns from County Antrim, located in the extreme north-east of the island, include part or all of 14 civil parishes from various parts of the county (almost 29,000 records). The 1853 occupant summary of the 1851 census of County Cork, which is located in the south-west part of the island, includes nearly 4,000 records from four adjacent parishes: Kilcrumper, Kilworth, Leitrim and Macroney.
Four basic types of records were collected in 1851: occupant records, death records, absence records and uninhabited household records. There is an entry for each person living in an occupied dwelling on the date of the census. There may also be one or more death records if anyone from the household died between June 6, 1841 and March 30, 1851 , as well as an absence record for each person who was away from the household on the date of the census. Uninhabited households are simply counted – no further information was collected.
This web page presents access to copies of several publications as well as a research database developed by George Bushell.
- An Analysis of the Surviving 1851 Census Returns for Counties Antrim and Cork – George E. Bushell
- Sample of the database comprising the first 9 households’ data
Serious researchers can request a copy of the complete database and explanatory notes.
The Ottawa Branch of OGS thanks George Bushell for his cooperation in making all of this data available for publication on this web site.
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Search Irish Census 1851
Surviving 1851 Irish Census – based on the 1994 Ottawa OGS Branch Wordperfect document
Users can search a pdf version of a comma-delimited text file containing the surviving 1851 Irish Census returns for County Antrim and the 1853 summary records of the 1851 County Cork returns by clicking on the link below (data formatting is explained at the beginning of the file). However, when you view the document (using Adobe Acrobat Reader) the text may appear small. We recommend that you adjust the zoom to 200% or select Zoom -> Fit Visible. To find information quickly, you can also enable the Adobe search engine by selecting the Search button (i.e., the one with the binocular icon).
Click here for Antrim returns and Cork summary:Surviving Antrim and Cork Data
Users can also search a pdf version of a Wordperfect file containing the surviving 1851 Irish Census returns for all other Irish Counties by clicking on the link below (data formatting is explained at the beginning of the data). Again, when you view the document (using Adobe Acrobat Reader) the text may appear small. We recommend that you adjust zoom to 200% or select Zoom -> Fit Visible. To find information quickly, you can also enable the Adobe search engine by selecting the Search button (i.e., the one with the binocular icon).
Click here for all other surviving 1851 Irish census returns:All Other Surviving Returns