Irish Census: What Was Lost

If you’re lucky enough to find a family in the Irish census fragments, you will no doubt feel enormously grateful that that particular census return was preserved. And you will no doubt also realize the enormity of the loss of the nineteenth-century census returns. What was lost? Millions of records, covering the period from 1821 to 1891, which looked something like this:1 The name listed here is Galaher, with Dennis, age 40; his wife Ann, age 36; and their sons Patt, age 14; Mich, age 12; Dennis, age 8; and Danl, age 2: The townland is given as Loughahunogue, in the parish of Kilmore, Co. Cavan. This is presumably the townland…

“Missing Friends” advertisements

Are you looking for someone who emigrated from Ireland to North America in the nineteenth century? Welcome to the club! The booming business of Irish genealogy indicates that we are not alone. And their early twenty-first-century descendants are not the first to have searched for some of these emigrants. In the nineteenth century, the friends…

A Deathbed Conversion?

I’m adding the Rev. James R. Rossiter (1827-1862) to my list of record-keepers who went above and beyond the call of (record-keeping) duty; and whose records, therefore, now offer researchers a little something more. This list also includes William Dowdall Pigott, census taker extraordinaire, whose 1851 enumeration of Fitzroy township, Carleton Co., Ontario includes an Irish…

Irish Origins in Canadian Roman Catholic Marriage Records: St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario, Part I

From the register of St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario,1 a list of Irish-emigrant marriages from 4 January 1850 to 6 February 1855. I have only included marriages where the record supplies information about Irish origins (where at least an Irish county is named, in other words). To put it another way, I…