I have come across a case where a child (illegitimate) was recorded as "grand daughter" of the head of household in 1901, and "niece" of the same person in 1911. I suspect this had more to do with it being a different Enumerator than any change of attitude between 1901 and 1911. If the Enumerator knew the family, then he probably already knew the status of the child, if the Enumerator was a stranger then the family would tell him what seemed more acceptable.
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There's a lot of misconceptions in this thread. I'm posting on mobile atm so can't give as full a response as I'd like or do links easily.
- Please read our sticky on tracing your ancestors, since both of you are new to genealogy.
- Please use the search function, there are many threads on not being able to find civil births and on adoption (also see the adoption forum)
- Very few people lied on the census to cause hassle - it's much more likely to be genuine ignorance. They did however take it seriously because people, being less well educated, were more likely to obey authority figures like the RIC constanstable doubling as census enumerator.
Sorry, didn’t mean to cause any hassle!
No problem pinky, it was just idle speculation. Its a discussion board afterall. I take your points on board though. I'll take a look at the previous threads on the same topic.
Sorry it's taken me a while to reply to your original query. I had a bit of trouble with the signup process - it's obviously not idiot-
First of all I investigated who were the neighbours of John Byrne in the 1901 census. This can be quickly ascertained by looking at
the Enumerators report (Form B1). Lo and behold living next door was James Byrne and his family. This looked promising,
seemingly too much of a coincidence.
So then I searched for a marriage for James and Mary A Byrne and found that James Byrne married Mary Anne Hart at
Blanchardstown on 13 Jul 1888. This seemed like a setback since the 1901 Census indicated that John was born circa 1882.
So I started looking for births of their children. First I found Bridget, born 16 Dec 1886 (actually registered on 7 Jan 1887) This was
two years before their marriage date, but they were both named on the birth registration. Next I found Bartholemew, born on 13 Jul
1888, ie on the same day as their marriage. So Bart gets into wedlock by the skin of his teeth!! (maybe that's the wrong turn of phrase
since he probably didn't have any teeth at that stage)
Anyway that prompts the question, was there a John before Bridget?
Sure enough, we find John, born 22 Jan 1884, at 65 Kirivan Street Cottages. His father James at that time was a police constable.
Once again both James and Mary Anne appear on the birth registration.
The adoption of John by the McAntees may have been an unofficial arrangement which was convenient for both families.
Regardless, at 26 years of age he was still living nextdoor to his birth parents.
Thanks for your reply. And sorry Meursault for hijacking your thread!
I appreciate you taking the time to look into this, and I also spotted the Byrnes living next door and got my hopes up! However, on both Marriage Certs for my Grandad his father's name is listed, and it's not James. Of course, I'm assuming he used his real father's name on the cert, but who's to know really? Also, the same Byrne Family are still there in the 1911 census, along with 7 of their children, and that census says they had 12 kids and 7 are still alive, which would suggest that their son John, born in 1884, had died.
Thanks again for looking into it though...
Mods, would it be possible to move these two posts to my own thread so as not to complicate Meursaults? Thanks...
Not at all JasonB! This is very interesting.
@ Murf - feel free to do the same investigating for me!
Kirwan St. cottages.
No worries Meursault, and sorry you made me realise that I also got caught up in the crossover between threads. I'll watch out for that