Free Ireland Census Genealogy Records Search

Genealogy documentary sources are scarce for the 18th and early 19th centuries due to the destruction of most of the public records of Ireland by fire in 1922.

Ireland Census

Much of the the 1821, the 1831, and the 1841 census were destroyed by the 1922 Four Courts fire during the Civil War and only small parts of the of the 1851 census of County Antrim survive. The 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 were destroyed by government order for privacy reasons. Any surviving census and the complete 1901 and 1911 census are available at the National Archives search below.

  • National Archives of Ireland

    The National Archives of Ireland have transcribed and indexed the 1901 and 1911 Ireland Census. Only the name is required for the search. Use the dropdown box to choose the census year. Once you have received your results, click on "show all information" to see details, then click on surname and scroll down to see a PDF of the original census record.

  • 1901 Irish Census
    Ongoing census transcription project for County Galway, County Leitrim, County Mayo, County Roscommon, County Sligo, County Wexford and County Westmeath



  • 1851 Census Country Antrim Fragments

    Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ballinderry, Ballymoney, Carncastle, Craigs, Dunaghy Grange of Killyglen, Killead, Kilwaughter, Larne, Newtowncromelin, Rasharkin, Tickmacrevan


Census Substitute

Finding 19th century Irish ancestors can be difficult due to the devastating loss of the 1821 through 1851 census as well as most public records in the 1922 Dublin Four Courts fire. However, there are some records still available that can act as a census substitute.

  • Ask About Ireland
    Ask About Ireland offers the Griffith's Valuation published between 1847 and 1864 which records the names of householders at the time the Valuation was carried out. Indexed and free, you can view the original page, individual details and a map for each.

  • Griffith's Valuation
    Published in 1847 and 1864, is often used as a census substitute. Includes index and images - available at

  • Irish Records Database
    Records of births, marriages, deaths, burials, cemeteries, wills, immigration, census, and more from many different locations in both Ireland and Northern Ireland and compiled from over 120 unique sources. The records include information from as early as 1600 and as late as 1874 and also available at

RootsWeb Ireland Census Records

Some transcriptions done by volunteers.

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