Collins, Thomas and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 28

In 1911, Thomas Collins (79) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Margaret (73) and their son Michael (30) in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. Thomas, Margaret and Michael could not read but all 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’. Margaret filled out these columns. They were married 33 years, they had one child born and one alive.


Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)

The Collins family were the only family living in the house, there were two males and one female 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 Timothy and was a 3rd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had two front windows and two rooms occupied. There were two out-offices or farmsteads a cow house, and a piggery.

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


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23. Connor Morris, 24. Stephen Walshe, 25. Julia Terney, 26. John Moran, 27. Timothy Carr, 28. Thomas Collins, 29. Patrick Hanley, 30. Bartley Lalley, 31. Michael Kenny, 32. Thomas Collins, 33. Michael Fox.

Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 11/07/2018


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 17/07/2018.

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