Irish Records

TheGenealogist has a comprehensive selection of records allowing family historians to trace their Irish ancestry. With a collection of transcript records and books to view online, some dating back to the 1500s, there is a significant collection to access online.

Griffith’s Valuation Records

The Griffith’s Valuation Records are available to view on TheGenealogist. The Griffith’s Valuation was a boundary and land valuation survey of Ireland completed in 1868. Richard John Griffith started to value land in Scotland in 1806, valuing terrain through the examination of its soils. He used the ‘Scotch system of valuation’ and it was a version of this he introduced into Ireland when he became Commissioner of Valuation.

In 1825, Griffith was appointed by the British Government to carry out a boundary survey of Ireland. He was to mark the boundaries of every county, barony and civil parish in preparation for the first Ordnance Survey. He completed the boundary work in 1844. The original volumes of the survey are held in The National Archives, Dublin and the Public Record Office, Belfast.

The Griffith’s Valuation Records are important for family historians with ancestors in Ireland mainly due to the fact very little complete census material has survived from the 1800s. As it’s the only detailed guide to where people in Ireland lived in the mid-nineteenth century and also describes the property they owned or leased, it does act as a census substitute for the tumultuous years around the times of the Great Famine between 1845 and 1852.

The Griffith’s Valuation Records offer the family historian the resource to find an Irish ancestor’s exact place of origin, providing a link to a specific townland and civil parish. This is vital in Irish ancestral research as you can then discover ecclesiastical parish records of births and marriages.

The Griffith’s Valuation Records provide:

  • Name of occupier
  • Name of Lessor
  • Date
  • County of residence
  • Barony
  • Poor Law Union
  • Parish
  • Townland
  • Town
  • Street
  • Rateable Annual Valuation
  • Size and description of land/property

Land Owners of Ireland (1876)

TheGenealogist offers the records of land owners in Ireland who owned land of one acre and more. The record shows the name and address of the Owner and the holding, in acres, rods and poles and estimated yearly rental valuation of all holdings over 1 acre. The records are organised by county, landowner and the address for each landowner.

Irish Wills 1536-1810

The Wills in Ireland in this period consist of 2 classes: Prerogative and Diocesan

The Prerogative Wills are regarded as the most important set of Wills. They commenced in 1536 and continued up to 1858. The record set includes alliances and aliases and also the Hawkins Collection of Wills from 1771 to 1852. Hawkins was the Deputy Registrar of the Prerogative Court.

Other records available in the Irish Collection on TheGenealogist include: Irish Pedigrees, Kelly’s Directories, Trade Directories, Telephone Directories, Irish MP’s Directories

Click here to view Irish Books available on TheGenealogist

Case Study: George Frederick William Yelverton

Searching the Griffith’s Valuation records, we find the Honourable George Frederick William Yelverton, son of Barry John Yelverton, 3rd Viscount Avonmore, a family of Irish noblemen. The Viscount Avonmore title was created for the former Attorney-General for Ireland and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer for Ireland, Barry Yelverton, 1st Baron Yelverton.

George is found in the records as both occupying a property belonging to his father, the Viscount, and as a ‘lessor’ in another property, which is occupied by Patrick Mccabe.

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