Giles, Michael and Family


Census of Ireland 1901Our Story Family

Michael and his family were living with his father, Francis Giles, at the time of the census in 1901. It states Francis was the head of the family. Michael and his family are under the ‘Giles, Francis and Family‘ surname in the Families of Cregboy.

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Census of Ireland 1911

Household Return (Form A)

In 1911, Francis has now passed and his son Michael Giles(51) is now head of the family and a farmer. There are three new columns in the 1911 census, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’.  Michael and Margaret are 22 years married.  Margaret(52) gave birth to nine children but only five have survived.  Since 1901, Ellen has moved away from the house and Francis(9), now the youngest was born.  Annie(17), Mary(14) and Delia(12) and Francis are all scholars and can read, write and speak Irish and English.

Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Giles family are the only family living in the house, there are two males and four females and all are of the Roman Catholic faith.

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

The house is the existing stone, or brick thatched cottage with three front window and is now owned by Patrick. With page two of Form B2 available we can tell that there are now three out-houses on the farm. A cow house, piggery and a shed.

The 1911 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, April 2nd and the forms were filled out by Michael as noted by his signature. The return was witnessed collected by local constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 8th.

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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 the ‘War of Independence’ against Britain. By 1926 Ireland was a Free State and the government was able to take their first census.  The 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 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 14/05/2016.

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