Genealogy Books, Genealogy CDs & Family History
Home My Account View Cart Check Out Help Log Out

Sign up for Genealogy Pointers »

Browse in the US
New England
The South

More US Genealogy »
Browse the World

More World Genealogy »
Browse by Category
Passenger Lists
Revolutionary War
Royal & Noble
Family History
Vital Records

More Genealogy Categories »
Genealogy Pointers

Learn More About:

New Genealogy Books and CDsBrowse our Full CatalogGenealogy Book Sales and Bargains
Genealogy BestsellersGenealogy for BeginnersGenealogy Research EssentialsGenealogy LinksOur Genealogy Blog
An Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, 1848-1864


Format: CD

Price: $59.99

ISBN: 9780806397344

Item #: GPC7188

Important: This CD will not work on Windows 10 or beyond.

This CD is an index to the greatest of all Irish genealogical resources, Griffith's Valuation, or the Primary Valuation of Ireland (see our book Richard Griffith and His Valuations of Ireland). Carried out between 1848 and 1864 under the direction of Sir Richard Griffith, this survey of Ireland was intended to determine the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union. The Valuation is arranged by county, barony, poor law union, civil parish , and townland, and lists every landholder and every householder in Ireland--at that time about 1.25 million people.

The significance of the Valuation as a substitute for census records is obvious. No early or mid-nineteenth-century Irish census survives; only Griffith's Valuation stands as an enumeration of the Irish population at mid-century--the period of the Great Famine! Few other records can be used to identify the immigrant ancestor's exact place of origin, and only Griffith's Valuation links the individual to a specific townland and civil parish. This is of enormous importance, for the first step in Irish genealogical research is to identify the townland and the civil parish, which in turn lead to the all-important ecclesiastical parish records of births and marriages.

The Valuation, of course, was never intended as a census substitute, but as things stand it is the only record that shows where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland, just prior to the great exodus to America. From the perspective of the American researcher, therefore, there is no record quite as important as Griffith's Valuation--no other reference source that connects the immigrant ancestor to a place of origin. Of course it is just as valuable to Irish researchers, and what is more, because the Valuation entries were subsequently revised at regular intervals, it is often possible to trace living descendants of those originally listed in the Valuation.

Omitting the acreage, valuation, and description of the property, this index gives the full name of the householder and his county, parish, and townland of residence. Over the years there has been a great demand for such an index, but publication in conventional book form has always been prohibitive. With the advent of CD-ROM, however, Heritage World Family History Services of County Tyrone put in place a project to index the entire Valuation for publication in CD format. After three years and the assistance of 100 staff members, the index to Griffith's Valuation at last came to fruition. Previously little more than a dream, this index to the greatest of all Irish genealogical sources is now a reality.

Under a licensing agreement between Heritage World and GPC, the index to Griffith's Valuation is available in a fully searchable Family Archive CD at a mere fraction of what it would have cost in book form. Interestingly enough, from the genealogist's point of view, the index contains all the essential data found in the Valuation, for the omitted material--names of baronies and poor law unions, and acreage and valuation-- interesting in itself, does little to advance the cause of research. (Note, however, that marginal notes, such as occupation, name of dwelling, skills associated with the individual, and religious affiliation, are included if found in the records.) This one CD contains a whole library's worth of information: more than a million names spread over all the counties, parishes, and townlands in Ireland. Not only is this the best of all Irish genealogical resources, it is a researcher's dream--easy to use and easy to search.

System Requirements: You must have a CD-ROM drive, and in order to read the CD you must use either the Family Archive Viewer (version 4.0 or higher), which is available as a free download at, or Family Tree Maker for Windows, version 4.0 or higher (Family Tree Maker software can be ordered from

To access information on our Family Archive CDs using the Family Archive Viewer:

  1. Install the Family Archive Viewer CD or download it from
  2. Start the Viewer if it is not already running
  3. Insert the CD you wish to view into the CD-ROM drive. If you have 2 or more CD-ROM drives, the CD must be placed in the first one.
  4. The CD should open automatically, but users of later versions of the Family Archive Viewer must click the CD/magnifying glass icon in the top toolbar (above the template in some versions) to read the CD.
  5. When the screen entitled "About this Family Archive" appears, click OK where prompted.

To access information on our Family Archive CDs using Family Tree Maker:

  1. Start your Family Tree Maker and open a Family File. (If the program is already running, skip to Step 2.)
  2. Insert the CD in your computer's CD-ROM drive. (If you have 2 or more CD-ROM drives, the CD must be placed in the first one.)
  3. From the View menu, select Family Finder, or select the Family Finder icon from the toolbar.
  4. For FTM 2005, FTM 2006, or Version 16, you must go to the View menu, select Data CD, then View CD. For FTM 2008 or higher, you must download the Family Archive Viewer.

To search the CD for names, select the Search Expert button in the top right of your screen, then select "Search this archive for someone NOT from your Family File." You can also search for names by using the Index.

Note: If a window opens that contains a list of files on the CD, simply close it.

Customers who bought this product also purchased...
Genealogies of Rhode Island Families
Genealogies of Rhode Island Families
Southside Virginia Genealogies
Southside Virginia Genealogies
Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island
Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island
Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research
Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research
A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland
A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland
Irish Relatives and Friends
Irish Relatives and Friends

 New Genealogy Books & CDs | Browse Full Catalog | Sales & Bargains
 Genealogy Warehouse | Genealogy for Beginners | Genealogy Essentials | Genealogy Links | Our Genealogy Blog
 Home | My Account | View Cart | Check Out | Help | Log out
Contact Us | Customer Service | Shipping | Affiliate Info | About Us | Site Map

Back to top ^

Copyright Info | Terms of Use | Legal & Security Policies