Posted by on 2 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections

It’s day two of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. 

Griffiths Valuation is the most important set of records for uncovering your ancestors’ lives in 19th-century Ireland. It reveals around a million people who either owned or rented land all over the country, and tells you their approximate address.

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Irish surnames were particularly prone to changes in pronunciation and spelling. An ancestor who appears as Colin O’Neill in one record could be Colin O Neill or even Colin Neill in another. Similarly, MacDonald can be written as McDonald, M’Donald, Donald or O’Donald! Make sure you search for all the possible variants.

Come back tomorrow for free access to our California Marriage Index, 1960-1985.

See all our free record collections this month

* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day.  All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011.  To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.