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Irish Genealogy (Irish Studies)


Griffith's Valuation

The aim of this guide is to point users to resources that assist genealogical research.

Griffith's Valuation

Ireland. General Valuation and Boundary Survey. General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. Dublin: Irish Microforms, 1978. (O'Neill Library Microforms: Microfiche HD629 .I7 1978)

In order to establish a reliable basis for taxing property in 19th century Ireland, a countrywide valuation of property was conducted from the mid 1840s through the mid 1860s. This valuation was formally entitled the General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland and was carried out by the commissioner of valuation, Richard Griffith.

Today, the printed records of this valuation, now almost always known as Griffith's Valuation, are among the most important sources for genealogists researching family histories of the Irish. Referencing more than one million who occupied property in Ireland between 1848 and 1864, the valuation serves as a detailed guide to where in Ireland people lived and what property they possessed.

The use of Griffith's as a source has become more widespread since its publication in microfiche format in 1978 by Irish Microforms, Ltd. and since the publication of a surname index to Griffith's in 1963 by the National Library of Ireland.

Griffith's Valuation does not list every person who lived in Ireland in the 1840s-1860s. Rather, it lists only the householder, or that person recognized as the principal owner, renter, or lessee of a house or property.

Indexes to Griffith's Valuation

Begin your research by using the index listed below, and then refer to the actual Griffith's Valuation, arranged by county.


Index of Surnames of Householders in Griffith's Valuation and Tithe Applotment Books. (O'Neill Library: Microfiche HD629.I7 1978).
Known also as The Surname Index, the Index of Surnames is a county-by-county listing of the surnames in the Griffith's Valuation reports.
How to use the Surname Index

Griffith's Online