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Griffith Valuation of the mid-nineteenth century, together with its preparatory house and field books and its follow up revision books, is the only detailed guide showing where in Ireland people lived in the mid-nineteenth century and what property they occupied. The survey was undertaken to assess property for local taxation purposes, replacing the very unpopular church tithes. The valuation is arranged by county.
First Step Guide to using Griffith Valuation
Maps, Original Valuations 1854, Revision or Cancellation Books
"O'Donovan" Notes of the Griffith Valuation |
were compiled from 1835 to around 1839. The government commissioned what amounted to a local history of all parishes in the country, townland by townland. Historian John O'Donovan directed this and a large amount of correspondence covers the work. All this is available for inspection at National Archives and is invaluable to people studying local history. The culmination of O'Donovan's work was to be the publication of detailed "Ordnance Survey Memoirs". These were completed for most of Ulster but the government pulled the funding for the project and the memoirs for the rest of Ireland were never done. The completed OS Memoirs are available today in some 40 paperback books at good Irish bookshops, thanks to the 1990s work of historians at Queen's University Belfast.
give details on the character and quality of the land, townland by townland in a parish. They were compiled about 1838. They list owners of houses over a certain rateable valuation. Apart from this they have little genealogy value.
were drawn up around 1852. They cover houses over a certain rateable value. Not all houses listed in the 1838 Field Books appear in the 1852 House Books, which set out measurements of houses and farm outhouses, known as offices. Although the measurements taken have proved now to be sometimes quite inaccurate, the data is useful to track changes when looking at buildings today and when the buildings of 1852 no longer exist.