1852 Griffith Valuation – Parish of Ardagh, Limerick
The Griffith Primary Valuation was completed for the Parish of Ardagh, in Co. Limerick in 1852. This survey that was carried out is often referred to as a census substitute. The reason we need a census substitute is that almost ALL of the censuses from the Nineteenth century were destroyed, either deliberately during World War One to create paper, or accidentally in the fire at the Four Courts in Dublin during the Civil War in Ireland in 1922.
The Griffiths Valuation only gives the Head of Household in each townland and not the spouse, children or assorted grannies, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who may have lived there. It is not much, but it is the best we have.
An index of the names and townlands in this survey is online at http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/. This handy website has not only all the details of each household but also has the old maps showing the locations of each house.
By opening up the Griffiths Valuation Maps of a certain area and placing it beside an opened up page from Google maps, it is quite possible to drive straight to the place where your ancestors lived in the Nineteenth Century.
The full Griffiths Valuation will tell you how much land, if any, the Head of Household leased, rented or owned, the value of any land or buildings, and therefore give some indication of how wealthy she or he may have been.
Helping to Browse the askaboutireland Website and then Interpret the Maps:
To simplify your family search, we have added a copied Printout of the 1852 Griffith Valuation for the Parish of Ardagh to a handy Ardagh Parish Resource Folder PLEASE CLICK HERE.
1) OPEN the 1852 Griffith Valuation (PRINTOUT) CLICK HERE
2) OPEN the askaboutireland.com webpage - CLICK HERE - Griffith Valuation Link
3) OPEN a page on Google Maps by CLICK HERE
Shared on IrelandXO by: Seamus Callaghan
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