Bane, John and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No.  39

In 1911, John Bane (54), a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Ellen (40). John could not read or write. Ellen could read and write and both spoke Irish and English. They had 6 children Patrick (22) a ‘Farmers son’. Katie (13), Delia (11) were in school could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.  Martin (7) a scholar, who couldn’t read or write. John (4) and James (2 months) could not read and write.

There were three new columns in the 1911 census, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. It showed that John and Ellen were married 23 years. Also, it stated that they had seven children born to them and seven children still living. All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Bane family were the only family living in the house, there were five males and three females in the house and all were of the Roman Catholic faith.


House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)

The house was owned by John. The house was a 3rd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had two front windows and two rooms occupied. There was two out-houses and farmsteads a cowshed and a piggery.

The returns were filled out and signed by John. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 13th.


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34. Patrick Fox, 35. Maggie Havley, 36. John Kenny, 37. Michael Rooney, 38. Bridget Rooney, 39. John Bane, 40. Michael Collins, 41. John Hanley, 42. John Hynes, 43. Ellen Hanley, 44. Peter Connelly


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 12/04/2017



Census of Ireland 1926

The next census in Ireland was not taken until 1926.  It was not taken in 1921 as Ireland was in the midst of the ‘War of Independence’ against Britain. By 1926 Ireland was a Free State and the government was able to take their first census.  The official due date for the release of the 1926 Census is January 1st, 2027 as there is a 100-year privacy law in Ireland. There have been many attempts to have an earlier release date, but to no avail yet.



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Questions that can arise…

Why can ages by out by years from the 1901 census to 1911?

Why is there no record of female occupation in some cases?

In 1911, if a woman is a widow and head of the household why can I not see how many children she had?

Were the houses actually numbered?

What does forms A, N, B1 and B2 mean?



This page was added on 17/04/2017.

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