In Irish genealogy research land/estate/house records provide a valuable resource for the
family historian. These records include
The Tithe Applotments
Tithes were taxes levied on the community for the benefit and upkeep of the Established
Church. A valuation of the country was carried out under the 1823 Act to determine how
much was payable by each landholder. While the information in the Tithe Books is basic,
landholder name, area of land held and tithe payable they are very valuable as they
constitute the only county-wide survey for this early period.
The Tenement Act of 1842 provided for a uniform valuation of all property in
Ireland-carried out by Richard Griffith (hence Griffith's Valuation). The
information in the Valuation includes name of householder name, townland, name of person
from whom the property was leased, description of property, acreage and valuation of
The Land Valuation Books
The Valuation Office has two related sets of records which are very valuable to the family
historian. (1) The cancelled land books and (2) the Current Land Books. These
give details of all changes in the holdings from the time of Griffith's valuation up to
the present day. the Books can be useful in pinpointing a possible date of death or
emigration or in identifying a living relative.
In the 18th and 19th centuries the vast majority of the Irish population lived as
tenant-farmers on large estates. the administration of these estates produced large
qualities of records-rentals, maps, tenants list, lease books, letters etc. Many of
the records from these estates are now in the National Library and provide a valuable
resource for genealogy, social history and for the history of these estates.
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