Land records

This guide was last updated in 2012

There are several useful sources that can help you identify the potential parish from which your ancestors could have originated.

Check Griffith’s Valuation, a land survey from the 1850s, and the Tithe Applotment Books, a land survey from the 1830s, for the appearance of your family name in that county. Only the head of the household for the property was recorded in the valuation.

Although Griffith’s is a record of land holdings from just after the famine, a search for a particular surname can identify clusters where that surname appears.

If one of the younger sons of a family emigrated, his father or older brother may have maintained the family land holding and still be recorded in Griffith’s Valuation.

The Tithe Applotment Books predate the famine. If your family occupied agricultural land they may appear in the Tithe Books. The Index of Surnames can be consulted for the appearance of a particular surname in the Tithe Books for a particular county.

Once a specific parish or collection of parishes have been identified, you can start searching the surviving parish registers for records of your ancestors.  


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