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The 1901 all-Ireland census survives in its entirety

Use these blank forms to transcribe details of your ancestors straight from the 1901 Irish census

Transpose from the 1901 all-Ireland census

Ivy clad cottage in Mayo, Ireland.
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 co Tipperary in 1901, a single earth-closet served 36 families.

Free blank form for the 1901 Ireland census

1901 all-Ireland census form, blank
Click here to download a blank 1901 census form

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.

(You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This is freely available for download at

Where to view the 1901 census

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

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