Module Six: Introduction to Griffith's
Introduction to Griffith's Valuation
In this module
you will learn about Griffith's Valuation land records,
and how they can be used as census substitutes.
blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws
its life, its strength, and so is man rooted to the
land from which he draws his faith together with his
- Joseph Conrad
What is Griffith's Valuation?
is a census of land occupiers and owners (taken between
1848-1864), listing the area of land, and the tax assessed
to support the poor. In the absence of census records, it is
one of the most important genealogical records available. It
gives a picture of all Ireland just after the potato famine.
Griffith's Valuation is described: "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 (immediate lessor), 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."
Valuation shows the lot number (be sure to record it), the
occupier of the land, their landlord,
a description of the land, house, and outbuildings, and information about the size of the property.