Carr, John and Family

Our Story Family


Census of Ireland 1911


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 8

In 1911, John Carr (62), a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and a widower and lived in the townland of Carnmore in Claregalway. John could not read nor write but spoke Irish and English. That night, John’s son Patrick (35), his wife Margaret (35) and their three children were in the house.  Patrick was a ‘Farmer’s son’. Patrick and Margaret both could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had three sons Michael(3), John(2) and Patrick (6 months). They could not read nor write.  All were born in County Galway.

There were three new columns in the 1911 census, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. It shows that Patrick and Margaret were married 4 years. Also, states that they had three children born to them and three were alive.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Carr family were the only family living in the house, there were five males and one female 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. It was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage and had a thatched roof, two rooms occupied and three front windows. There were three out-houses and farmsteads a stable, a cowshed and a turf house.

John 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.



Census 1911 450x160



3. Patrick Lally, 4. Bridget Grealish, 5. Patrick Cooney, 6. James Carr, 7. Matthew Donoghue, 8. John Patrick Carr, 9. John Higgins, 10. James Michael Grealish, 11. James (Jas) Grealish, 12. Stephen Ruane, 13. James Grealish

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.



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 16/04/2017.

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.