CENSUS RE­TURNS

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ULSTER ANCESTORS -

Al­though there has been a na­tional census taken ev­ery decade in Ire­land since 1821, the ma­jor­ity of 19th- cen­tury re­turns have been de­stroyed, with only frag­ments sur­viv­ing be­tween 1821 and 1851. Frag­ments from Antrim, Derry, Fer­managh and Ca­van have been pub­lished on­line by the Na­tional Ar­chives of Ire­land ( census.na­tion­alarchives.ie), along with the com­plete 1901 and 1911 cen­suses.

Can­di­dates for the pen­sion who could not pro­vide a birth cer­tifi­cate used the 1841 and 1851 census to prove their age. They ap­plied to have the census searched for their fam­ily re­turn and th­ese Census Search Forms con­tain fam­ily de­tails, such as mother’s maiden name and town­land ad­dress. The forms for Ul­ster are avail­able on mi­cro­film in the Pub­lic Records Of­fice of North­ern Ire­land ( PRONI).

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