Richard Griffith and His Valuations of Ireland
by James R. Reilly, CGRS

Although Griffith's Valuation is not a census, many people regard it as a substitute for the Irish census lost in the Public Records Office fire of 1922. Given its content and its proximity to the Great Famine of the late 1840's, Griffith's Valuation as taken on great importance for genealogists. In the genealogical section of this book, Mr. Reilly burrows into the intricacies of the valuations, showing how an understanding of the abbreviations and shorthand used by the valuators can lead the researcher from the valuation to other Irish records and additional discoveries concerning one's ancestors. The rich appendices that follow include a glossary of key terms appearing in the valuations, dates of publication of the Ordnance Survey Memoirs, county-by-county commencement and completion dates of the tenement valuations conducted from 1846 to 1864, and an extensive inventory of the Books of Sir Richard Griffith's General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. In conclusion, thanks to Mr. Reilly's prodigious effort, no one who has very operated in the dark with respect to the Griffiths need do so again, while anyone who consults Richard Griffith and His Valuations of Ireland is likely to come away with a far greater number of trails to follow among Irish records than he/she had ever anticipated. 2000, 8 x 11, 108 pp., illus., paper


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