Carr, James and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house no. 6

In 1911, James Carr (40) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Norah (34) and their children in the townland of Carnmore West, in the parish of Claregalway. James could not read nor write but spoke both Irish and English. Norah could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had three daughters Mary (4), Sarah (3) and Delia (1), they could not read nor write.

There are three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’.  James and Norah were married five years and had three children born to them and all three were alive.  All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Carr family were the only family living in the house, there were one male and three females. All were of the Roman Catholic faith


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

James was the owner of his house.  The house was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had three front windows and two rooms occupied. There were two out-offices and farmsteads a cow house, and a piggery.

The returns were filled out and signed by James. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.


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1. Peter Fahy, 2. Peter Flaherty, 3. Patrick Lally, 4. Bridget Grealish, 5. Patrick Cooney, 6. James Carr, 7. Matthew Donoghue, 8. John Carr, 9. John Higgins, 10. James Michael Grealish, 11. James (Jas) Grealish.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 23/04/2017


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 23/04/2017.

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