Census Records

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

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    1. According to Emerald Ancestors website, a Moses McKee married a Peggy Jane Downing on 2nd March 1854 in Maghera Church of Ireland.

  1. Hi , I am looking for any information on the Hogg family of magherafelt . My ancestor was Matilda Hogg who married John McLaren in 1830 in magherafelt. Most of my relations are Scottish so it is exciting to find an Irish Link. Not sure if moneymore means anything. Look forward to hearing from you, Regards Chris

    1. Hi Chris,

      Unfortunately, Irish civil records only began in 1845. Magherafelt Presbyterian Church began keeping records from about the 1750s onwards, but I don’t have access to them at the moment. The Hogg family (as far as I know) would have been members of this church. In general, for an 1830s protestant marriage you would only have the possibility of First Presbyterian, St. Swithin’s Church of Ireland

      Best Regards,


  2. My great grandmother Elizabeth Percy (nee Tunny) from Maghera, Northern Ireland was married to John Henry Percy in Dunedin, New Zealand c1877 and they lived in the province of Otago, first at Mansfordtown (now known as Carey’s Bay) and then on a farm at Swinburn Settlement, Kyeburn, Otago. Sadly, Elizabeth died from a confinement haemorrhage at home during the birth of her 6th child, Frank. She died at the age of 36 on August 19th 1895 and is buried at the Swinburn Cemetery, Kyeburn, Otago. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144260444/elizabeth-percy.
    It is believed that her parents were John & Elizabeth Tunny Maghera, Armagh.

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