This section of our website is all about the people of Portrun and surrounding townlands.  Whether it is an historical figure, a family relative, a local character, a friend, the people Portrun have played a role in shaping the county that we have today.

Our community is aiming to write our own history where will document local history collections; family photographs, memories, newspaper publications and church records hoping to offer a an insight into Irish life in Portrun.

We have our own unique people, place and events and would like to preserve this information for posterity and open it up to a worldwide audience. We are building an archive through contributions received from local people, past and present and visitors to our websites.

Genealogy Sources

Genealogy sources;

The 1901 & 1911 Census of Ireland

The 1901 census returns are the earliest surviving census records in Ireland.  Thanks to the National Archives of Ireland, the 1901 and 1911 census records are now freely searchable online.  This is a key source for the family historian as each return can offer a wealth of information on each member of a household, including place of residence, county of birth, age, occupation, children, etc.  The main census forms of interest are:

Form A
Photo:Form A. - Household return

Form A. - Household return   National Archives of Ireland.   Form A tells us who was in the household on the night of the census. We also learn whether they were head of household or how they were related to the head, their religion, literacy, age, occupation, marital status and county of birth.    You will notice that Form A in the 1911 Census also provides information on how many years the mother was married, how many children she had and how many survived.

Form B.1.
Photo:Form B.1. - House and Building Return

Form B.1. - House and Building Return.  National Archives of Ireland.  Among the information contained in Form B.1., you learn the village, town, street or townland of residence of your ancestors.  All heads of household within the area are listed, as well as the type and quality of dwellings and the size of each household.

Four Types of House

The four types of house were classified as follows:

Class 1                   Nine rooms and upwards with windows

Class 2                   Five to nine rooms with windows

Class 3                   Two to four roomed mud cabin with windows

Class 4                   One roomed mud cabin and no window


Ages can be inaccurate on these records.  As people got older, they simply lost track of their age.  Another factor affecting ages on the 1911 returns is the introduction of the old age pension in 1909, payable to those over 70 years of age.  Applications for this pension were checked against the 1841 and 1851 census records (which were still in existence at that time).  So where an individual’s age does not tally between their 1901 and 1911 census return, they may have been mistaken about their age on the 1901 census, thus adjusting it on their 1911 return.

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