Giles, Francis and Family


Census of Ireland 1901

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Household Return (Form A)

In 1901 a Francis Giles(70), a farmer and a widower, is head of the household and is living with his son, Michael(40), and his family in the townland of Cregboy. Margaret(35) is Patrick’s wife, she is record as having no occupation, but domestic duties in the home were not to be record as such.  Michael and Margaret have three daughters Ellen(12), Annie(7) and Bridget(3).  They were all were born in County Galway and are Roman Catholic.  Francis, Michael, Margaret and Ellen can read, write and speak both Irish and English. Ellen and Annie are scholars, Annie can only read and speak Irish and English at this stage. Bridget the youngest is still learning.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The second page of this particular return that lists Francis Giles house is missing. It describes in detail the family’s status regarding dwelling house, families, persons and religious profession.


House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)

Francis owns the land that he and his family live on. The house which was 2nd class is a stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof.  It had 3 front windows and 3 rooms occupied.

The second page of this particular return that lists Francis Giles house in Form B2 (Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Returns) is missing. It describes the farm buildings in detail.


The 1901 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, March 31st and the forms were filled out and sign my Francis as noted by his signature.  The return was witnessed and collected by local constable John Reilly on April 5th.

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Census of Ireland 1911

In 1911, Francis has now passed and his son Michael is now head of the family.  Please see under Giles, Michael and Family in the townland of Cregboy.

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Questions that can arise…

Why can ages by out by years from the 1901 census to the 1911?

Why is there no record of female occupation in some cases?

In the 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 12/05/2016.

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