Griffith's Valuation of Ireland

This guide was last updated in 2014

The Primary Valuation of Ireland, more commonly known as Griffith's Valuation, was a nationwide survey of property undertaken between 1847 and 1864.

The purpose of the valuation was to assess the rate of local taxation, which was levied for the upkeep of the poor and destitute of the parish. Griffith's acts as a valuable mid century census substitute.

The Valuation recorded the name of the occupier, the name of their landlord, a description of the property and its rateable valuation. If you don't know where your family originated in Ireland, you can start by searching for evidence of them in Griffith's Valuation.

The only person recorded in the Valuation was the head of the household, the person responsible for paying the rates on the property, most likely the oldest male in the household. Griffith's Valuation will identify the county, civil parish and townland where a particular name appears as the rate payer for a property.

The Valuation is freely available online at www.askaboutireland.ie.

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