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Land Valuation Records


The Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith's Valuation are nineteenth-century property valuation records which are much used by family history researchers providing, if only in part, a substitute for the loss of almost all nineteenth-century census records for Ireland



The Primary Valuation of Ireland (Griffith’s Valuation)


The Primary Valuation of Ireland or Griffith’s Valuation - carried out between 1848 and 1864 - is an important Census Substitute. It provides the only detailed guide to where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and to the property they possessed.

It is arranged by county and, within each county, by Poor Law Union. Each Poor Law Union is divided into electoral divisions, parishes (Civil Parishes) and townlands.

The Valuation contains the following information in respect of each townland or street: map reference number (location of the holding on the first edition six-inch Ordnance Survey maps); names of occupiers of holdings; names of immediate lessors (the person from whom the holding was leased); descriptions of tenements (holding) eg, “House, offices and land” ; area (in Acres, Roods and Perches) of each holding; valuation of buildings, land, etc. with Total Annual Valuation of each holding

The image on the right is a page from the Griffith's valuation for Clones parish.At the bottom of the page you will see my ancestors townland of Eshnadarragh and next to map references 10 & 11 you will see the names of Michael and Denis Rooney.

These two I suspect were possibly brothers of my 3xgrandfather James, though at this moment in time I have not yet found any proof of this.

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The Tithe Applotment Books


Introduced during the reign of Henry II, the tithe system designated one-tenth of the produce of the land for the upkeep of the clergy of the Established Church and the Tithe Applotment Act of 1823 specified that the tithes should be paid in cash. A valuation of the country, parish by parish, was carried out in order to determine how much would be payable by each landowner.

The Tithe Applotment Books are a unique record of land occupation prior to the devastation brought about by the Great Famine and the resulting mass emigration. They are not a list of all householders - for example, labourers and weavers were omitted as were all urban dwellers.  Information recorded was as follows:

  • name of the occupier
  • name of the townland
  • acreage
  • classification of land (4 classes)
  • amount of the tithe
  • areas not subject to the tithe
  • landlords’ names

On the right hand side we see a page from the tithes which as you can see shows Mick Rooney of Eshnadarragh.


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St Tierneys parish registers


The main source for genealogical research in Ireland  is Roman Catholic Parish Registers. We managed to obtain a copy of the parish registers for St Tierneys on microfilm from the latterday saints.These were very hard to read and were in latin.The registry of births ran from 1862-1881.

The image on the right is part of a page from the parish register that shows the birth of my great grandfather Patrick Rooney in 1869


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