Grealish, James (Micl) and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 15

In 1911, James Grealish (40) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Margaret (40) and with his mother Honor Grealish (75) a widow, in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. James and Honor could not read nor write but spoke Irish and English. Margaret could read, write and spoke both Irish and English and Julia could not read nor write but both spoke Irish and English. All were born in County Galway.

There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. James and Margaret were married four years with no children.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Grealish family were the only family living in the house, there was one male and two females and 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 four out-offices a stable, a cow house, a calf 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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10. James Michael Grealish, 11. James (Jas) Grealish, 12. Stephen Ruane, 13. James Grealish, 14. John Grealish, 15. James Grealish (Michl), 16. John Carr (Pat), 17. Michael Sheridan, 18. Peter Grealish, 19. Martin Beatty, 20. Patt Carr.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 29/04/2017


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.


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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?

In 1911, if a woman is a widow and head of the household why can I not see how many children she had?

Were the houses actually numbered?

What does forms A, N, B1 and B2 mean?


This page was added on 30/04/2017.

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