Search Forms 1841 & 1851
Notes on the Census Returns
This is the date the Census Search Form was received in the Public Record
Office. The forms were received between 1915 and 1922.
Surname of Applicant
The surname of the person applying for the census search as it was in
1841/51. Sometimes in the Census Return Form, a second surname is written
above the applicant’s name. This indicates a female applicant’s
married name and will be given in the ‘Notes’ field of the
table. Where two versions of a surname is given on the Census Return Form
(e.g. Ayres/Eyres), entries are made in the table for both versions.
This field contains the birthdate or age of the applicant. It can either
• The applicant’s age at the time the search was requested,
usually around 60-80 years. The date of the search is given in the ‘Date’
• The applicant’s date of birth, usually between the 1830s
and early 1850s.
• The applicant’s age at the time of census, usually between
birth and 20 years.
If the Addressee Surname and Forename fields are blank, the applicant
themselves has applied for the Census Search.
If names are given in the Addressee fields, this could mean:
• The application is being made by a married woman. The name in
the ‘Surname of Addressee’ field is her married name.
• Another person is applying on behalf of the applicant, eg. a family
member, Solicitor, Head of an Institution etc.
The address in the ‘Address’ field
is that of the applicant if they themselves have applied. Otherwise, it
is the address of the Addreessee, i.e. a name other than that of the applicant’s.
This is the townland which the applicant requested to be searched, i.e.
residence of the applicant in 1841 or 1851. Sometimes, when this was not
known, a number of townlands were requested to be searched. When a family
was not found, all these townlands are given in the ‘Townlands’
field. When a family was found, only the correct address is shown. Townland
spellings have been given as they appear in the Search Forms.
This indicates which census is requested to be searched, i.e. 1841 or
1851. The 1841 census was carried out on June 6th., and the 1851 census
was carried out on March 30th.
Siblings as given by applicant
Applicants sometimes provided a list of siblings in order to help identify
their family in the search.
The search results were written on the application form, usually in the
form of ‘Found’ or ‘Not found’. These results
relate to the applicant only. In many cases it meant that the applicant
wasn’t born at the time of the census. Even when a ‘Not found’
was returned, information relating to other family members was often provided.
If the search results are very long, they are continued in the ‘Notes’
The ‘Notes’ contain any extra information which does not fit
into the other fields. Occasionally, they contain information from the
‘Search results’ field.
The searchers used some abbreviations:
Dau./Dautr. = Daughter
N.f. = Not found.
Md./ Marrd. = Married