If you have tracked your ancestors back to Ireland, Griffith’s Valuation is an amazing resource for finding family in the Emerald Isle in the mid-19th century.
Let’s start with the basics – what is a valuation and who is Griffith? The official name of this collection is the “Primary Valuation of Ireland.” Griffith’s Valuation is one of Ireland’s premier genealogical resources, referencing approximately one million individuals who occupied property in Ireland between 1848 and 1864. Griffith’s Valuation was executed under the direction of Sir Richard Griffith to provide a basis for determining taxes.
This collection is essential due to the lack of comprehensive census records available in Ireland for the 19th century. Griffith’s Valuation can place your ancestors in a particular parish and give you information such as the names of both the landowner and any tenants, and the amount and type of property. These records are linked to Ordinance Survey maps, which allow you to see where your ancestors lived and the neighboring parishes where you may find extended family.
This collection is also so important because of it’s timing – taken around the time of the Great Famine. For many who emigrated in the wake of it, this may be the last record of them in Ireland.
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