Census records can provide a wonderful insight into not just who lived in a particular place at a particular time in history, but can provide a social history of a townland, town or place. We have presented here the available census records (more will be added when time allows). It should be noted that the eaarlier census records will only list the head of a family and, unfortunately in most cases, no other information will have been recorded.
Religious Census of Parish of Magherafelt, 1766
1831 Census of County Londonderry (MADGHS transcription to be added soon). These can also be searched at the National Archives of Ireland by following this link 1831 Census and selecting 1831.
1841 & 1851 Census returns were mostly distroyed. However, when the old age pension was introduced in 1909, these records were used to prove a pension applicant’s elgibility for the OAP and these searches still exist. They can be checked by clicking on this link and selecting the appropriate year.
1901 & 1911 Census returns are available at the National Archive of Ireland and can be searched free of charge