The 1901 Irish Census
The 1901 Irish census is the earliest census available. While earlier censuses were taken, some were destroyed in a fire during the unrest in 1922, and others were recycled during a paper shortage during World War II. Only small fragments of some earlier census documents remain.
Ireland as it exists Today
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The 1901 census was taken as of the night of March 31-April 1, 1901. The questions asked were as follows:
- Name and Surname
- Relation to Head of Family
- Education (Read and Write; Read only; Cannot read)
- Years on last birthday
- Months for infants under 1 year
- Sex (M or F)
- Rank, Profession, or Occupation
- Marriage (Married, widower, widow, not married)
- Where born
- Irish language ("Irish only" or "Irish and English")
- If deaf and dumb; dumb only; blind; imbecile or idiot; or lunatic
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