Collins, Thomas and family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 32

In 1911, Thomas Collins (56) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with wife Bridget (42), their eight children and his mother Sarah (77) in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. Thomas and Bridget could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had five sons John (19), Pat (12), Jimmy (8), Michael (4) and Thomas (5 months) and three daughters Sarah (17), Annie (16) and Mary (6). John was a ‘Farmer’s Son’ and single. Sarah was a ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ and single too. Both could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. Annie, Pat and Jimmy were ‘Scholars’. They could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. Mary and Michael could not read and only spoke English.  

Sarah, Thomas’s mother, was a widower, she could not read nor write and spoke both Irish and English. All were born in County Galway.

There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901. They are ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. Bridget filled out these columns. She and Thomas were married twenty years and had ten children born and eight children alive.


Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)

There was one family living in the house, there were six males and five females in the house that night. 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 Thomas and was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatch roof. It had three front windows and two rooms occupied. There were four out-offices or farmsteads a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

The returns were signed by Thomas. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 12th.


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27. Timothy Carr, 28. Thomas Collins, 29. Patrick Hanley, 30. Bartley Lalley, 31. Michael Kenny, 32. Thomas Collins, 33. Michael Fox, 34. Patrick Fox, 35. Maggie Hanley, 36. John Kenny, 37. Michael Rooney.

Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 24/07/2018


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 24/07/2018.

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