Home ] Up ] Northern Ireland ] Republic of Ireland ] 1796 Flaxgrowers List ] 1838-Poor-Law-Act ] Bibliography ] IRL- Civil Registers ] County Abbrieviations ] Dewey Decimal Codes ] Ellis Island Website ] Irish Famine ] Famine History ] GAZETTEERS ] [ Griffith's Valuations ] 1876 Land Owners ] Ireland - maps ] Places ] email addresses ] Irish Famine Books ] History ] Irish Land Question ] Irish Records ] IRL- Birth Records ] Map ] Libraries & Archives ] 1798 Rebellion ] IRL Newspapers ] Ports of departure ] Irish Land Question ] IRL- Birth Records ] IRL - BMD records ] DAR Library ] 1798 Rebellion ] Ireland - maps ] Naming Patterns ] Engish Naming Patterns ] Naming Patterns ] Local & Parish History ] Passenger Lists From Ireland - 1803 ] Irish Periodicals ] research ] Rivers ] Search for Missing Friends ] Surnames ] REPORT ON SURNAMES IN IRELAND ] Tithe Applotment ] Wild Geese ]


Using the Householders Index to Griffith

The surname of every householder/landowner mentioned in Griffith is listed in the Householders Index. There is a separate Householders Index volume for every county in Ireland. Each volume indicates:
  • how many times a surname appears in each Barony in that County;
  • how many times a surname appears in each Parish of each Barony;
  • which Union Book to consult for details relating to each householder.
Comparing Householders Index volumes can be used to find in which County a name is most prevalant, and then in which Barony and in which Parish it occurs most often.

For example, under the name "Mallon" in the Householders Index for Co Antrim is the following information:

Surname "G" if in Griffith, followed by the number of times mentioned "T" if also in the Tithe Applotment Books, followed by the number of times mentioned Barony
Mallon .. T Lr. Toome
Mallon G2 .. .. Up. Glenarm
Mallon G7 T Up. Toome
Mallon G8 T Up. Massereene
Mallon G2 .. Lr. Massereene
(Ignoring variants such as "Mallen" and "Mallin".)

Thus, looking at just one barony, the name Mallon appears eight times in the Griffith Valuation of the Barony of Upper Massereene, Co. Antrim.

In the second half of the Index, names are listed by Parish in each Barony

At the start of the list for each Parish, there is information to tell you which Union the Parish is in. For example, the first parish mentioned for the Barony of Upper Massereene is that of Aghagallon in Lurgan Union, Co. Antrim. The parish list of householders indicates that "Mallon" appears 4 times in Griffith's Valuation of that Parish in 1862 (and also in the Tithe Applotment Book in 1833).

Mallon G4 T


Using the Griffith Union Books

Now that you know that the name you want is listed in Griffith in a particular parish in a particular Union, in a particular County, you can search for the householder/landowner in the relevant Union book for that County.

The Union book for that County lists the page numbers for the required Barony/Parish and the Townlands therein. Search the pages of the Barony/Parish for the required name. When found, the details beside the name will show the type of property, acreage and valuation.

For example, the entry for Bernard Mallon in the Townland of Drumaleet in the Parish of Aghagallon (Union of Lurgan, Barony of Upper Massereene) is as follows

No. and Letters
of Reference to Map.
Names. Description of Tenement. Area. Rateable Annual Valuation. Total Annual Valuation
of Rateable Property.
Townlands and Occupiers. Immediate Lessors. Land. Buildings.
Ord. S. 62 & 66.
.. .. A. R. P. £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
21 Bernard Mallon Robert Ellis House and land 1. 0. 30 1. 0. 0 0. 10. 0 1. 10. 0

The number in the first column is a plot number marked on a particular ordnance survey map used by the government valuator. The number of the ordnance survey map used is given at the head of the section for each townland/parish. In this example, the parish straddled ordnance survey maps 62 and 66.

[Go to top of page]

Using the Valuation Maps

The valuation maps are listed as follows:
VAL.2A/1/ sheet number Co. Antrim
VAL.2A/2/ sheet number Co. Armagh
VAL.2A/3/ sheet number Co. Down
VAL.2A/4/ sheet number Co. Fermanagh
VAL.2A/5/ sheet number Co. Londonderry
VAL.2A/6/ sheet number Co. Tyrone
Maps should be ordered by County and Sheet Number as indicated at the start of the townland. In the example from the previous section, Bernard Mallon's house and land will be found marked Plot 21 on map VAL.2A/1/66. Pencil writing on the original maps may provide further information.

[Go to top of page]


Griffith's Primary Valuation

Between 1848 and 1864, a valuation, called Griffith's Primary Valuation, was made of taxable property in every parish in Ireland. The valuation records list the name of the head of the household, the name of the landowner, the acreage of the plot, the value of the property, and the amount of tax assessed. The tax based on the property valuation was used to support the poor.


Be sure to visit this link: http://proni.nics.gov.uk/research/family/griffith.htm

Be sure to look at this article in the FILE CABINET

Categories: Places/Land Records
File - 
Griffiths-article.pdf - Download

Excellent article titled "Is there more to Griffith's Valuation than Names"

Valuation Books

After the primary valuation, later valuations were made throughout Ireland approximately every decade. Changes in ownership or tenancy as well as the types of information recorded in the original valuation (name of the head of the household, name of the landowner, acreage, and property value) were noted in the valuation books.

For more information on Tithe Applotment records, Griffith's Primary Valuation, and other valuation sources, see:

Grenham, John. “Land Records.” In Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. (See the “For Further Reading” section).

McCarthy, Tony. “Twelve Major Sources.” In The Irish Roots Guide (see the “For Further Reading” section).

For more information about Irish taxes and surviving tax records, see:

Falley, Margaret. Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research. (See the “For Further Reading” section).

The Family History Library's copies of Tithe Applotment books and Griffith's Primary Valuation are listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under IRELAND - LAND AND PROPERTY. Other valuation records are listed in the Locality Search under IRELAND, [COUNTY] - LAND AND PROPERTY.

The library's other taxation records are listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under the following headings:





The following work was compiled by the staff at the National Library, Dublin, and is available at the Family History Library. Arranged by county, this index lists surnames found in the Tithe Applotment records and in Griffith's Valuation:

An Index of Surnames of Householders in Griffith's Primary Valuation and Tithe Applotment Books. 14 vols. Typescript. Dublin: National Library, 1960-70. (FHL book Ref 941.5 R22i 14 vols.; film 919,001-7; computer number 0316279.) This work is often referred to as the Householders Index.

A brief aid produced by the Family History Library, The Ireland Householders Index (item 34070), contains step by step instructions on how to use the Householders Index and its corresponding records. This aid is available at the library and through Family History Centers.

The Irish Land Commission has produced an index to the Tithe Applotment records for the counties in Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland, Public Record Office, Land Commission Archive index. This index is listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under IRELAND - LAND AND PROPERTY - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.

Several indexes, by full name, to the Griffith's Primary Valuation records for specific counties have also been compiled and are available on microfiche at the Family History Library. These indexes cannot be circulated to Family History Centers. The indexes are listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under IRELAND - LAND AND PROPERTY - INDEXES

Photocopies of Griffith's Variation maps are available from the Valuation Office, 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2. These show the boundaries of the holdings of each of those listed in the survey itself. A full set of nineteenth-century maps of a wide range of scales are also available for consultation at the National Library of Ireland (NLI). The modern maps available are in metric sizes, a useful series being the 1:50,000 size, which is approximately equivalent to the old "half-inch" maps. These are available for all of Ireland from the Ordnance Survey Office, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, or Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast, BT9 8BJ, N. Ireland. The archives of the Ordnance Survey are in the National Archives and the index can be searched online through the home page. These mainly contain documents and correspondence generated in the process of map-making. However, information on some landowners is inevitably included.


  Griffiths’ Valuation (officially known as The Primary Valuation): a survey of land and property carried out from 1847-1864, from south to north in all counties in Ireland, for the purpose of tax assessments to support local Poor Law administration. It includes occupiers of land and buildings. There is a CD-ROM published by Family Tree Maker (CD #188) which is a Householder’s Index to Griffith’s Valuation. The LDS Library also has an index on microfiche. After finding your family, you might consult the LDS microfilm or fiche to view the transcript of the original Valuation.