The 1901 Irish census is now available to view on the National Archives of Ireland website. This census is the oldest surviving complete census for Ireland. All counties for 1901 have been transcribed and digitized and are freely available to view and search. The 1911 census, which was fully digitized last year, is also available.

The following information is listed on the census returns:

  • Names of household members
  • Relation to head of the family
  • Address
  • Religion
  • Literacy (read and/or write)
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Where born
  • Language spoken (Irish and/or English).
  • Disabilities

You can search by any combination of the above categories. For example a search of the first name Thomas, with the occupation Librarian in the Dublin area brings up 2 individuals. Use the More Search Options to see all search capabilities.

A few notable figures you can find on the 1901 census.

Clive Staples Lewis (aka C. S Lewis)
James Augustine Joyce
Thomas William Lyster (Director of the National Library of Ireland 1895 -1920)

Happy hunting!

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