Fee or Free online 1901 Ireland Census, 1911 Ireland Census, and Griffith’s Valuation


This updates and improves the Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census post because there’s a great free option for finding the 1911 Ireland Census as well as the 1901 Ireland Census and Griffith’s Valuation.

Fee or Free Ireland Census and Griffiths Valuation Online


Griffiths Valuation?

Everyone loves census records but here’s a quick ‘why do I care’ explanation of Griffith’s Valuation (GV). Griffith’s Valuation is a census substitute for the 1800s Ireland census records. Griffith’s Valuation is a property tax survey done by Sir Richard Griffith detailing all taxable property and agriculture in Ireland in the mid-1800s. Ireland suffered huge record losses in 1922 when The Public Record Office was destroyed. The 1821, 1831, 1841, and 1851 censuses were destroyed* in the fire. The 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 censuses had already been destroyed by government order. So Griffith’s Valuation is the best census substitute for the mid-1800s in Ireland. “It covers over a million dwellings, and nearly 20 million acres, recording around 80% of the population. Because the Valuation was published (and has long been out of copyright) it is by far the most widely available record used for Irish research.”**


Fee Options

You can reread Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census for the options but basically, RootsIreland, FindMyPast, Ancestry, and MyHeritage are four of the best subscription options for online versions of the 1911 Ireland Census as well as the 1901 Ireland Census and Griffiths Valuation.


Free Options

The National Archives of Ireland is the primary free option for the 1901 & 1911 Ireland Censuses and Ask About Ireland is the primary free option for Griffith’s Valuation.

Here’s one more free option: Irish Townlands. Irish Townlands uses open source code (OpenStreetMap) to map all of Ireland and her 32 counties, 326 baronies, 2,506 civil parishes, 3,438 electoral divisions, and 60,941 townlands and subtownlands. It’s incredible!

If you already know the townland where your ancestor lived you can select it and scroll down the townland information page, see where it sits in relation to the rest of Ireland, and then find links to the 1901 Ireland Census, 1911 Ireland Census, and Griffiths Valuation. If records exist for that area, the links take you to the townland records at The National Archives of Ireland for the censuses and Ask About Ireland for Griffith’s Valuation.

If you don’t already know the townland where your ancestor lived, you’ll need to go directly to and do a broad family name search (family name search instructions). Or if you’re researching an area and want to see all the residents, you can do a broad place name search (place name search instructions) and it will list all the occupants of that area with links to Griffith’s Valuation if there is one.

Best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free.


*A few census returns for 1821, 1831, 1841, and 1851 still exist and are online at The National Archives of Ireland and FindMyPast, and parts are available at RootsIreland.

**Grenham, John. “What is Griffith’s Valuation” and “Why is Griffith’s important for Irish Genealogy?” Ask About Ireland. Accessed April 15, 2017. and

p.s. Fee sites may at times have Griffith’s Valuation searchable for free.

April 15, 2017 |

Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census


The 1911 Census is the most recent Ireland Census available online. The Irish censuses are tricky to search because many people spoke Gaelic and their answers may have been written in Old Gaelic, then transcribed into modern Gaelic but not translated into English, so you’ll need to explore all possible search options. (Each site will have tips and tricks for searching the 1911 Ireland Census including using wildcards (*). Be sure to exhaust all your search options.)

Fee or Free 1911 Ireland Census OnGenealogy


Fee 1911 Ireland Census

“Find ancestors from all over Ireland in the most recently available complete census for the country. A great place to begin your search, the 1911 Census can show you where your Irish ancestor lived, the members of their immediate family, their ages, occupations and whether they could read and write. For the first time you can search for more than one family member at the same time and by year of birth, and our powerful search can also look for name variants. Start your journey and see who you can find.” This is a subscription site but they’ve got some helpful search tools for getting around the variations in spelling that are problematic in Irish records.

“All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database. To learn more about these records, please refer to the source’s website.” Ancestry has the 1911 Ireland Census and it’s records came from the National Archives of Ireland.

The 1911 Ireland census covered all 32 counties of Ireland and enumerated the entire Irish population (about 4.4 million people). This census was conducted on the night of Sunday, 2 April 1911. The “Household Return”—also known as “Form A”—enumerated one household per page, recording information such as name, relationship to head of household, age, marital status, occupation, and birthplace. …Images and index to this census were created by and obtained from the National Archives of Ireland.”

RootsIreland is an all Irish records subscription site and currently has a few 1911 census returns by county, but it’s very incomplete at present. “The Irish Family History Foundation has been the coordinating body for a network of county genealogy centres and family history societies on the island of Ireland for over thirty years.” “A computerized index of the 1901 and some 1911 returns was compiled by many of our member centres in the early 1990s. …You will need to check what is available in the Online Sources list for each county.”



Free 1911 Ireland Census

The National Archives of Ireland

The 1911 Ireland Census is free at The National Archives of Ireland. This online database was a cooperative effort in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. The basic search on this site searches by surname/last name, forename/first name, county, District Electoral Division, townland/street, and age and gender. The advanced search allows you to search by religion, occupation, relationship to head of family, literacy status, county/country of origin, and more.

“It is important to remember that the names on this site have been transcribed as they were written into the census forms. We have not corrected spellings. Some names are illegible, or appear on a damaged form. You may, therefore, have to try a number of strategies to find the person you seek.” Tips for searching surnames. Do a general search or search by county/parish and select transcription or image.


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