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I am looking at a 1901 Census which has the heading "Residents of a house 30 in Tullyvallen (Newtownhamilton, Armagh)".  How do I find out where house 30 is?



Thursday 16th Feb 2023, 08:16PM

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  • Thompsonkyle,

    The numbering systems in the Irish censuses were the enumerators’ private system. At that time there were no street names or house numbers and your name and townland were sufficient to identify you and get a letter delivered etc. The census enumerators used their own numbering system (which varied from census to census) to identify each property. But their records have not survived.

    I assume this is the family you are interested in:

    The 1901 census tells you it was a 2 roomed property, with 2 windows at the front and a roof of either slate, iron or tiles. So a typical labourers cottage. Landlord was James Bell.

    If you go to the Valuation Revision records on the PRONI website (VAL/12/B/12/8D) you will find that plot 290a in Tullyvallan was occupied by William Thompson and the landlord was James Bell. If you then go to the maps on the Griffiths Valuation site, you’ll find plot 290 was on what is now the A25 Blaney Rd.  The cottage looks to be long gone but there is a modern house there. Easy enough to find today. (I have no idea who might live there now, but it’s on a corner and with Google Earth should be easy enough to find).


    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 16th Feb 2023, 09:25PM
  • Hello Elwyn,

    Thank you so much for your detailed reply. So helpful. 

    All the best.


    Friday 17th Feb 2023, 12:04PM

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