Valuation Office records
The Primary Valuation, also known as Griffith’s Valuation, was the first, full-scale valuation of property in Ireland and details of property with valuations were published between 1847 and 1864. There is a printed valuation book for each barony or poor law union in the country, showing the names of occupiers of land and buildings, the names of those from whom these were leased, and the amount and value of the property held. A list of the Primary Valuation books arranged by civil parish is available in the reading room, but the printed valuation can only be consulted on microform in the National Archives. The printed valuation is also available to search free of charge online at www.askaboutireland.ie.
The National Archives also holds many manuscript records compiled in connection with the Primary Valuation, including Field Books, House Books, Mill Books, Quarto Books and Tenure Books. A list of the records arranged by type of book, county, barony and civil parish is available in the reading room. Some of these books, along with detailed guides to the records, are now available to search online free of charge on our Genealogy website.
A guide to the records of the Valuation Office is available in Research guides & sources.