This article by Steven W. Morrison provides an overview of the significance of the 1821 Census of Cavan with particular emphasis on the town of Ballyhaise in the parish of Castleterra. This in-depth analysis of the returns for Ballyhaise will be of interest to local historians and anyone researching ancestors in the Ballyhaise area. It also acts as a useful guide to navigating this very important dataset which has survived for almost half of County Cavan from 1821.
Reproduced with thanks to Trevor Parkhill, editor of Familia and the author Steven W. Morrison. This article originally appeared in Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review 33 (2017): 39-57.
For those of you wishing to use this site to trace your family roots, here are a few tips on how to search by name.
There are currently five sets of data containing names of individuals, each of which is separately (but easily) searchable. The records are presented in a grid and each column of the grid can be filtered instantaneously. For example, if you are researching the 1841 Census data for the name “Reilly”, you can start typing some characters in the Surname column heading and the records are filtered as you type. There are several variations of “Reilly” in the data – “O’Reilly”, “Reilly”, “Riley”, “Reilley” – to name a few. By entering any sequence of characters in the name, the list will be filtered accordingly. You can quickly experiment with different sequences – “rei”, “ril”, “ley”, etc. to see the matches. The image below shows some of the results for a filter on Townland=”arvagh” and Surname=”eil”. As you can see, the results include several variations. This capability provides an advantage over the National Archives search function which is much slower and requires the use of wild cards to get the same result.
You can search each of the four datasets by clicking on the buttons below, or from the Main Menu > Civil Records > dropdown menu.
Commonwealth Survey of 1652 – 2,201 records
This dataset includes the names of the landowners only. There are a few exceptions where tenants’ names are included. These appear in the barony of Tullyhaw and include the parishes of Drumreilly, Killinagh, Kinawley, Templeport and Tomregan.