Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ULSTER ANCESTORS -

If your an­ces­tor was liv­ing in Ire­land in the mid-19th cen­tury, but you don’t know their town­land or parish ad­dress, the first place to start search­ing for them is in Grif­fith’s Val­u­a­tion, a na­tion­wide sur­vey of prop­erty that recorded the oc­cu­pier and owner of land for tax pur­poses. Most val­u­a­tions for Ul­ster were com­pleted in the late-1850s and early-1860s and the recorded oc­cu­pier was the head of the house­hold at the time of the val­u­a­tion. Grif­fith’s Val­u­a­tion is freely avail­able on­line at ask­aboutire­ grif­fith-val­u­a­tion. The val­u­a­tion will record a de­scrip­tion of the prop­erty and the name of the oc­cu­pier’s land­lord.

Oc­cu­pancy of the prop­erty in the six coun­ties of North­ern Ire­land can be traced for­ward us­ing the Val­u­a­tion Re­vi­sion Books, which are pub­lished on­line by the Pub­lic Record Of­fice of North­ern Ire­land ( PRONI) (­dex/ search_the_ ar­chives/val12b.htm).

This is a use­ful way to es­tab­lish when the head of the house­hold em­i­grated or died. Fol­low­ing up with a death cer­tifi­cate should tell you when that in­di­vid­ual was born. The re­vi­sion books for the re­main­ing three coun­ties of Ul­ster are not on­line, but can be ac­cessed in the Val­u­a­tion Of­fice in Dublin.

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