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Census of Ireland, 1901

Family return - From A

____ County
____ Poor law union
____ District electoral division
____ Barony
____ Parish
____ Townland
____ City
____ Borough
____ Division
____ Urban district
____ Town or Village
____ Street etc. with No. of house
____ Name of head of family

____ No. on Form B.

Form A. - Return of the members of this family and their visitors, boarders, servants who slept or abode in this house on the night of Sunday, the 31st of March, 1901.

[1. and 2.] Name and surname.

No persons absent on the night of Sunday, March 31st, to be entered here, except those (not enumerated elsewhere) who may be out at work or travelling, etc., during that night, and who return home on Monday, April 1st.

Subject to the above instruction, the name of the head of the family should be written first; then the names of his wife, children, and other relatives; then those of visitors, boarders, servants, etc.

____ Christian name.
____ Surname.

[3.] Relation to head of family.

State whether "head of family," or "wife," "son," "daughter," or other relative; "visitor," "boarder," "servant," etc.

Relation to head of family ____

4. Religious profession.

State here the particular religion, or religious denomination, to which each person belongs. (Members of protestant denominations are requested not to describe themselves by the vague term "Protestant", but to enter the name of the particular church, denomination, or body, to which they belong)

Religious profession ____

5. Education

State here whether [the respondent] can "read and write", can "read" only, or "cannot read".

[] Can read and write
[] Can read only
[] Cannot read

6. and 7. Age

_ _ Years on last birthday
_ _ Months for infants under one year

8. Sex

Write M for males and F for females

[] M
[] F

9. Rank, profession, or occupation

State the particular rank, profession, trade, or other employment of [the respondent]. Children or young persons attending a school or receiving regular instruction at home should be returned as scholars.

(Before filling this column you are requested to read the instructions on the other side.)

Rank, profession, or occupation ____

The titles of peers and other persons of rank to be inserted as well as any important office they may hold.

Members of Parliament, Magistrates, Aldermen, and other important public officers, to state their profession or occupation, if any, after their official rank or title.

All persons serving in the Army and Navy to state their rank, and the branch of the service to which they belong. Officers to state whether on the active or the retired list; Pensioners from the Army and Navy to state the service to which they belong.

All persons in the civil service to state their rank, and the department or branch to which they belong; those retired or superannuated to be distinguished.

Ministers of religion - Clergymen of every religious denomination are requested to describe themselves according to their clerical rank or position, and to state distinctly the religious body to which they belong.

Legal profession - Barrister to state whether they are in actual practice. The designation solicitor to be confined to those whose names are actually on the roll. Clerks in Solicitors' offices should state whether they are solicitor's managing, articled, or general clerk. officers of any court, to state the name of the office, and the name of the court.

Members of the medical profession to state whether they practice as physician, surgeon, dentist, oculist, general practitioner, apothecary, medical assistant etc., or are not practicing. They should also state the university or other society of which they are graduates, fellows, or licentiates.

Professors, teacher, public writers, authors, and scientific men, to state the particular branch of science or literature which they follow; artists, the art which they cultivate. Graduates should enter their degrees in this column.

Students of Theology, Law, or Medicine, and Undergraduates of any University, to be so returned.

Scholars - Children or young persons attending a School or receiving regular instruction at home to be returned as scholars.

Farmers - This term is to be applied only to the occupiers of land. Sons or daughters employed at home or on the farm may be returned as farmer's son or farmer's daughter. Persons employed on the farm and sleeping the farmer's house should be described as farm servants.

Agricultural labourers, shepherds, and other employed on farms, but not living in the farmer's house, should be described as agricultural labourers, shepherds, etc..

Persons engaged in commerce, as merchants, brokers, agents etc., to state in all cases the particular branch of commerce in which they are engaged, or the commodity in which they chiefly deal. examples such as corn merchant, member of ---- stock exchange, tea agent.

Commercial clerk, commercial traveler, shopman, always to add in what branch of business.

In trades, manufactures, or other business, masters should, in all cases, be distinguished. Example "Carpenter - Master"

Workers in manufactures, and generally in the mechanical arts, should distinctly state the particular branch of work, and the material, if they are not implied in the names as in Brass founder, Iron moulder. where the trade is much sub-divided, both trade and branch are to be returned thus Watchmaker - Finisher or Printer - Compositor.

Miners should state the description of mine in which they work. Examples: coal miner, lead miner, copper miner etc.. The term miner should never be used alone.

Engineers - Civil Engineers and mining engineers, to be so described. Workmen employed in works or factories are to be so distinctly described. Examples: Engine smith at factory, engine fitter at works. engine drivers, stokers, and firemen to be described in connection with the manufactory, railway, steam-vessel, etc., in which they are employed. Examples: Railway engine driver, stoker in linen factory. Engineer alone is not to be used.

Artisans and mechanics should invariably state the particular branch of mechanical art or business in which they are employed.

Weaver - Silk, wool, worsted, cotton, etc., should always be written before this general term, so as to express distinctly the material which he weaves; thus Cotton Weaver.

Domestic servants should be described according to the nature of their service, adding in all cases domestic servant. Examples: Coachman - Domestic Servant, Gardener - Domestic Servant, Cook - Domestic Servant.

Labourers, porters, to be described according to the nature of their employment. Examples: Railway porter, bricklayer's labourer, labourer in iron works, general labourer. See also Instruction No. 12. The term Labourer should never be used alone.

Person ordinarily engaged in some industry, but out of employment at the time of the census, should be so described; as bricklayer, unemployed; carpenter, unemployed.

Persons following no profession, trade, or calling, and holding no public office, but deriving their incomes chiefly from land, houses, dividends, interest of money, annuities, etc., should describe themselves accordingly. The indefinite terms, gentlemen, esquire, are not to be used. person who have retired from business are to be entered thus. Retired farmer, retired grocer.

Women and children - The occupation of those who are regularly employed from home, or who follow any business at home, is to be distinctly recorded, but no entry should be mad in the case of those who solely engaged in domestic duties at home. See also Instruction No. 10.

10. Marriage

Whether "married", "widower", "widow" or "not married"

11. Where born

If in Ireland, state in what county or city; if elsewhere state the name of the country.

Where born ____

12. Irish language

Write the word Irish in this column opposite the name of each person who speaks Irish only, and the words Irish and English opposite the names of those who can speak both languages. In other cases no entry should be made in this column.

Irish language ____

13. If deaf and dumb; dumb only; blind; imbecile or idiot; or lunatic

Write the respective infirmities opposite the name of the afflicted person.

Infirmities ____

[Two examples of the mode of filling up this table are omitted.]