Blank form for 1901 all-Ireland census


The 1901 all-Ireland census survives in its entirety

The 1901 all-Ireland census was taken on Sunday 31 March. Each head of household across the island had to fill in a form (Form A) while the enumerator filled in three additional forms.

It is the earliest Irish census to have survived in its entirety and is, therefore, hugely important to genealogists.

The 1901 all-Ireland census was taken on Sunday 31 March. Each head of household across the island had to fill in a form (Form A) while the enumerator filled in three additional forms.

It is the earliest Irish census to have survived in its entirety and is, therefore, hugely important to genealogists.

Statistics show that Dublin and Belfast had similar sized populations of 350,343 and 349,180 respectively. Cork was the third largest city with 76,122 souls.

At this time in Dublin, over a third of the population of 350,343 was living in one-room dwellings in Georgian tenement houses, usually with five or six families per house. There was no running water supply. In newly built terraced houses and villas in the city it was becoming less unusual, but by no means typical, to have piped water and flushing toilets.

In rural areas, such luxuries were extremely rare, although standards had improved in the previous half century with the thatched mud cabin now largely replaced by stone walled cottages. According to one report of a street in County Tipperary in 1901, a single earth-closet served 36 families.

Free blank form for the 1901 census

Save yourself some printer ink! Instead of printing off the on-screen images of the returns, you may find it useful to have a supply of blank forms on which to transcribe details of your family.

Free blank form for the 1901 census

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Save yourself some printer ink! Instead of printing off the on-screen images of the returns, you may find it useful to have a supply of blank forms on which to transcribe details of your family.



Where to view the 1901 census returns

All the returns for the 1901 census are now fully indexed and available to search and view free of charge on the website of the National Archives of Ireland.

► Find out more about the 1901 census online

► Free census records for 1911 are also online. Find out more.

See if any fragments of older Irish census records might help your genealogy research.

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