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Census Search Forms 1841 & 1851

Explanatory Notes

Forms by applicant's surname

A - D
E - K
L - M
N - W

Forms by applicant's mother's maiden name

A - F
G - M
N - W

When the Old Age Pension was introduced in Ireland in 1908, people had to prove they were over 70 years of age in order to qualify. As Civil Registration did not begin until 1864, birth certificates were not available for those born before that date. The government, therefore, found it necessary to establish a person’s age by allowing the census returns of 1841 and 1851 to be searched. (The original forms were subsequently destroyed in 1922, during the Civil War.) Applicants provided the information by letter, and where there were sufficient details, a search was carried out. When the family was found, and the applicant identified as a child of the family, a certified copy of the return was provided on payment of two shillings. The information in the Census Search Forms, or ‘Green Forms’ – the internal office records of the search made - is given here. Two points of access are provided to the information: by the applicant’s surname, and (where given) by the applicant’s mother’s maiden name.



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