Census of Ireland 1911
Household Return (Form A) for house No. 17
In 1911, Michael Sheridan (45) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Mary (60) and their children in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. Michael and Mary could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had one daughter Bridget (19), a ‘Farmer’s daughter’ and one son James (14), a ‘Farmer’s son’. Both could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.
There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901. They are ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. Michael and Mary were married twenty years with three children born to them and only two alive.
In addition, Michael’s nephew Michael Holmes (21), a farmer’s son, was also present. He was single and could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.
All were born in County Galway.
Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)
The Sheridan family were the only family living in the house, there were three males and two females. All were of the Roman Catholic faith and from County Galway
House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)
Michael 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 Michael. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.
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, 21. Bartly Moran, 22. Honor Fahey.
Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland) www.nationalarchives.ie, accessed 17/05/2017
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?
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