Moloney, Thomas and Family



Census of Ireland 1901Our Story Family

Household Return (Form A)

In 1901 a Francis Giles(62), a farmer, was head of the household. He was living with his wife Kate(58) and his family in the townland of Cregboy. Kate is recorded as having no occupation, but domestic duties in the home were not to be record as such on the census. They have one son Michael and three daughters Bridget(20), Julie(18) and Mary(14). They were all were born in County Galway and are Roman Catholic.

Thomas cannot read or write but speak both Irish and English. Kate, Michael, Bridget Julie can read, write and speak both Irish and English. Mary, a scholar and still at school can also read, write and speak both Irish and English. Michael, Bridget and Julia are stated as sons and daughters of farmers, presuming they work on the farm and the girls help with domestic duties. All children were unmarried at this stage.


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)

Thomas 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 it had 4 rooms occupied. On the farm there are five buildings.

The second page of this particular return that lists Thomsas Moloney’s 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. The forms were filled out by local constable John Reilly, the enumerator, it has an ‘X’ as Thomas mark, as Thomas could not write.  The forms were signed, witnessed and collected by local constable John Reilly on April 4th.

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Census of Ireland 1911


Household Return (Form A)

In 1911, Thomas(73) head of the family and and was stilling farming. There are three new columns in the 1911 census, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. Thomas and Kate are married 30 years. Kate(72) gave birth to four children and all are still living.

Since 1901 Bridget and Julia have moved away.  Michael(29) is a ‘farm labourer’ working on the farm with his father. Mary is presuming helping her mother with domestic duties as well as helping on the farm from time to time.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Moloney family are the only family living in the house, there are two males and two 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 now only 3 rooms occupied. With page two of Form B2 available we can tell that the five out-houses on the farm were a stable, cow house, piggery, fowl house and a shed.


The 1911 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, April 2nd and the forms were filled out by Thomas as noted by his signature. It is noticeable that under Thomas’s information, that he is unable to read or write? The return was witnessed and 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 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 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 06/06/2016.

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