Tracing Your Irish Ancestors With Griffith's Valuation

by Amy Johnson Crow

Posted on March 17, 2014

All countries have certain records that form a basis for most research. In the United States, it would be the federal census. For Ireland, one source that you should always consult is the Primary Valuation of Ireland, commonly called "Griffith's Valuation." 

Griffith's Valuation was taken between 1848 and 1864 and is a list of occupiers of land and the value of the property. It covers approximately 80% of Ireland's tenements. There are no Irish censuses for this time period, so this is a key census substitute.

This video covers the background of Griffith's Valuation, key terms, and how to search this valuable collection on Archives.com. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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