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  AncestorStuff.com :: Ireland :: Ireland: Index to Griffith's Valuation, 1848-1864 CD-Win

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Ireland:  Index to Griffith's Valuation, 1848-1864 CD-Win

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Carried out between 1848 and 1864 under the direction of Sir Richard Griffith, this survey of Ireland was intended to determine the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union. The Valuation is arranged by county, barony, poor law union, civil parish , and townland, and lists every landholder and every householder in Ireland--at that time about 1.25 million people.

The significance of the Valuation as a substitute for census records is obvious. No early or mid-nineteenth-century Irish census survives; only Griffith's Valuation stands as an enumeration of the Irish population at mid-century--the period of the Great Famine! Few other records can be used to identify the immigrant ancestor's exact place of origin, and only Griffith's Valuation links the individual to a specific townland and civil parish. This is of enormous importance, for the first step in Irish genealogical research is to identify the townland and the civil parish, which in turn lead to the all-important ecclesiastical parish records of births and marriages.

The Valuation, of course, was never intended as a census substitute, but as things stand it is the only record that shows where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland, just prior to the great exodus to America. From the perspective of the American researcher, therefore, there is no record quite as important as Griffith's Valuation--no other reference source that connects the immigrant ancestor to a place of origin. Of course it is just as valuable to Irish researchers, and what is more, because the Valuation entries were subsequently revised at regular intervals, it is often possible to trace living descendants of those originally listed in the Valuation.

Omitting the acreage, valuation, and description of the property, this index gives the full name of the householder and his county, parish, and townland of residence. Over the years there has been a great demand for such an index, but publication in conventional book form has always been prohibitive. With the advent of CD-ROM, however, Heritage World Family History Services of County Tyrone put in place a project to index the entire Valuation for publication in CD format. After three years and the assistance of 100 staff members, the index to Griffith's Valuation has at last come to fruition. Previously little more than a dream, this index to the greatest of all Irish genealogical sources is now a reality.

Under a licensing agreement between Heritage World and Genealogical Publishing Company, and with Broderbund Software's renowned search engine, the index to Griffith's Valuation is available in a fully searchable Family Archive CD at a mere fraction of what it would have cost in book form. Interestingly enough, from the genealogist's point of view, the index contains all the essential data found in the Valuation, for the omitted material--names of baronies and poor law unions, and acreage and valuation-- interesting in itself, does little to advance the cause of research. (Note, however, that marginal notes, such as occupation, name of dwelling, skills associated with the individual, and religious affiliation, are included if found in the records.) This one wafer-thin CD contains a whole library's worth of information: more than a million names spread over all the counties, parishes, and townlands in Ireland. Not only is this the best of all Irish genealogical resources, it is a researcher's dream--easy to use and easy to search.

List of Counties Covered
Each county name is followed by the approximate number of records available.
Antrim (68,189)
Kerry (36,684)
Monaghan (26,685)
Armagh (38,446)
Kildare (17,394)
Offaly/Kings (20,323)
Carlow (12,133)
Kilkenny (33,152)
Roscommon (29,089)
Cavan (29,090)
Laois/Leix/Queens (23,264)
Sligo (22,250)
Clare (29,377)
Leitrim (18,907)
Tipperary (42,387)
Cork (99,815)
Limerick (33,868)
Tyrone (44,641)
Donegal (40,991)
Londonderry/Derry (34,546)
Waterford (28,227)
Down (59,717)
Longford (13,945)
Westmeath (19,307)
Dublin (66,640)
Louth (21,449)
Wexford (31,045)
Fermanagh (21,441)
Mayo (44,566)
Wicklow (16,226)
Galway (47,750)
Meath (23,227)

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