Census of Ireland 1911
Household Return (Form A) for house No. 24
In 1911, Stephen Walshe(60) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Bridget(50), their four sons Henery(21), John(20), Patrick(18) and Stephen(12) and their three daughters Mary(22), Delia(16), Annie(14). All could read and write and spoke both Irish and English. Henery, John and Patrick were ‘Farmers Sons’ and Stephen and Annie were ‘Scholars’. Henery, John, Patrick, Stephen, Delia and Annie were single. Mary was a widow. 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. They were married 23 years, they had seven children born and seven alive.
Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)
The Walshe family were the only family living in the house, there were five males and four 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 Stephen and was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had three front windows and three rooms occupied. There were five out-offices or farmsteads a stable, cow house, a calf house, a piggery and a shed.
The returns were filled out and signed by Stephen. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.
19. Martin Beatty, 20. Patt Carr, 21. Bartly Moran, 22. Honor Fahey, 23. Connor Morris, 24. Stephen Walshe, 25. Julia Terney, 26. John Moran, 27. Timothy Carr, 28. Thomas Collins, 29. Patrick Hanley.
Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland) www.nationalarchives.ie, 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?
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