Beatty, Martin and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 19

In 1911, Martin Beatty (85), a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and a widower. Martin could not read or write but spoke Irish and English. That night, Martin’s son Patrick (31), his wife Margaret (26) and their three children were in the house.  Pat, a ‘Farmer’s son’ and Margaret can read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had two daughters, Mary (3), Maggie (2) and one son Martin (2 months).  None could read nor write.

There are three new columns in the 1911 census, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. It shows that Patrick and Margaret were married 3 years. It also states that they had three children born to them and three children were alive.

Patrick Bigs(Biggs) (19), a ‘Farm Servant’, was also present that night. He could not read nor write but spoke both Irish and English. All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Beatty family were the only family living in the house, there were four 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 Martin. It was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage and had a thatched roof, 3 rooms occupied and it had 2 front windows. There were six out-houses and farmsteads a stable, a cow shed, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed.

Martin signed the forms as noted by his signature. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by local constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.


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14. John Grealish, 15. James Grealish (Micl), 16. John Carr (Pat), 17. Michael Sheridan, 18. Peter Grealish, 19. Martin Beatty, 20. Pat Carr, 21. Bartly Moran, 22. Honor Fahey, 23. Connor Morris, 24. Stephen Walshe.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 17/09/2017



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.


More to Follow!


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?

Why are the additional 3 new columns in 1911 not filled out in some cases?

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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