Saturday, 7 May 2011

Pensear website redeveloped

Thanks to the Genealogy in Time newsletter which has flagged up that the old Pensear website has been redesigned and renamed as Ireland Genealogy, with a new URL at

The site offers fragments of the 1841 and 1851 censuses of Ireland, which were used to support pension applications from 1908. When a person applied for a pension a fee was paid to search the relevant census for supporting information, and the information for the whole household was copied into a register, not just that of the applicant. This often included some additional supporting information given by the applicant, such as a mother's maiden name, etc. When the censuses were subsequently destroyed, these copies survived. Each record costs £2 to view, but family history societies can get a 20% discount. There are two examples given of what a return looks like - unfortunately it is the same example given twice!

FYI, the same information is also available in printed collections made accessible on, via two separate records sets, Ireland: 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Northern Ireland), and Ireland: 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Republic of Ireland). The same census extracts for Northern Ireland are also available on Emerald Ancestors (


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