Ireland Census, 1851 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1851
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Related Websites
Public Record Office, London

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from the Ireland 1851 Census. The majority of the census returns were destroyed in 1922 but there are a few returns that remain for County Antrim. The census returns contains: name, age, occupation, relationship to the head of household, date of marriage, education/literacy, absent family members, family members who died since 1841 and other information. The census is arranged by town land, civil parish, barony and county and contains: name, age, and locality information. A barony, in Scotland, Ireland and outlying parts of England, constitutes an administrative division of a country, usually of lower rank and importance than a county. This collection was originally captured at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by

= Collection Contents

Census records may contain the following Information:

  • Given Name of all Family Members
  • Ages of Family Members
  • Relationship to the Head of the Household
  • Marital Status and Date
  • Educational or Literacy Status
  • Occupation of Head of Household
  • County and Township of Residence
  • Country of Origin
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Family Members who died since the previous Census

Sample Images

Ireland 1821 Census from FMP DGS 007246610 271.jpg
Ireland 1851 Census from FMP DGS 007246612 6.jpg

How Do I Search the Collection?

This section provides information on how to search the collection and tips on how to find records. As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, estimated [event] year, and family relationships.

To search this collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "Barony" category
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the “Townland" category which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

“Ireland Census, 1851.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. From “Ireland Censuses 1821-1851.” Database. findmypast. : 2014. Citing Public Record Office, London.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Ireland Census, 1851.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ireland Census, 1851.