We don’t generally have records, in Ireland, for the 1700′s and earlier and so genealogy research comes to a standstill for most researchers. Even records for the early 1800′s in Churches are not comprehensive and details of baptisms or marriages are not recorded as we read in this linked page.
Shrove Tuesday (also called as Pancake Tuesday) is a Tuesday often in February or maybe March, depending on the date of Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon after 21 March. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians. For Roman Catholics it is the day before a period of penance and fasting so consequently Shrove Tuesday was traditionally a day to use up food and pancake making was popular. “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday“, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent meant abstaining from eggs and all dairy products, so all of these had to be used up before Ash Wednesday and hence pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove as it is often called was a very common day for people to get married and a browse at Catholic Marriage Registers will show this. We can see examples of over 20 marriages taking place in any one Parish on that day. Also a browse through our Remembrance Garden on BMDnotices.com will show that many of the marriage dates for Ireland are on Shrove Tuesday or perhaps the previous day.
Ireland has 32 County divisions. These are further sub-divided and a Barony is the largest sub-division which itself has a number of sub-divisions called Civil Parish (Parish) units. The Poor Law Union (PLU or Union) is another division of the Country into about 160 units which does cross County boundary lines at times. The District Electoral Division (DED) is a sub-division of the PLU. Finally the Townland is the smallest unit or parcel of land in Ireland. There are over 65,000 Townlands with names often being repeated, even within a County, but not in the same DED of course.
Frequently there is a difference in spelling of District Electoral Division (DED) names between the 1901 and 1911 Census data in Ireland. Also there are variations in the spelling of Townland names between the 1901 and 1911 Census data.
This section of our website shows the respective spellings for each Census -