This week TheGenealogist is pleased to be releasing almost 60,000 records from the 1851 Dublin City Census Index. This new release will be a great aid for those researchers with ancestors who may have been living in Ireland’s Capital City on the 30 March 1851 at the time when the census was taken.

Researchers will find the Index to the 1851 Dublin census to be a wonderful tool for anyone searching for people in Dublin city in the mid-nineteenth century. It provides the names and addresses of approximately 59,000 heads of household and was compiled by Dr D A Chart.

You can search over a million early Irish census records from 1821 to 1851. Also the only complete surviving censuses for Ireland that exist, 1901 and 1911 (over 8 Million records) can be searched via TheGenealogist’s unique search tools, allowing you to search for anancestor using their address or keywords. Earlier records compiled for 1813 to 1891 were destroyed at the government’s request or by the civil war in 1922. This only leaves census substitutes for researchers of nineteenth century Ireland to use in their quest to delve into their family history.

Fortunately for Dublin Dr. D. A. Chart used the census to compile a “1851 Dublin Heads of Household Index” in 1915. At the time this was primarily to assist staff working in the Public

Record Office of Ireland (PROI) searching for proof of age for applicants for the old-age pension.

This index survived the fire and is one of the few remaining fragments of census information available for that time.

TheGenealogist also has a number of Irish Trade and Residential Directories that can be useful for those researching their Dublin ancestors, as well as the previously released Dublin Will and Grant Books.

The 1851 Dublin City Census Index in this current release covers the parishes of: St. Andrew’s, St. Anne’s, St. Audeon’s, St. Bridget’s, St. Catherine’s, St. George’s, St. James’s, St. John’s, St. Luke’s, St. Mark’s, St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s, St. Michan’s, St. Nicholas Within, St. Nicholas Without, St. Patrick’s Deanery, St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s, St. Thomas’s, St. Werburgh’s and the civil parish of Grangegorman.


Picture: Nine men in front of ornate door, Trinity College, Dublin. Public Domain:  picryl / The Clonbrock Photographic Collection