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Griffith's Primary Valuation, 1848-1864



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  • Title Griffith's Primary Valuation, 1848-1864 
    Short Title Griffith's Primary Valuation, 1848-1864 
    Call Number MH:S291 
    Repository National Library of Ireland 
    Source ID S1154 
    Linked to Margaret ?
    ? CULBERT
    Abraham CULBERT
    Abraham CULBERT
    Andrew CULBERT
    Bernard CULBERT
    Catherine CULBERT
    David CULBERT
    Edward CULBERT
    Ellen CULBERT
    Frances CULBERT
    Francis CULBERT
    Francis CULBERT
    George CULBERT
    George CULBERT
    Hugh CULBERT
    James CULBERT
    James CULBERT
    James CULBERT
    Jane CULBERT
    Jane CULBERT
    Jane CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    John CULBERT
    Jonathan CULBERT
    Joseph CULBERT
    Mary CULBERT
    Mary CULBERT
    Maurice CULBERT
    Michael CULBERT
    Moses CULBERT
    Philip CULBERT
    Richard CULBERT
    Robert CULBERT
    Robert CULBERT
    Robert CULBERT
    Samuel CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    Thomas CULBERT
    [More individuals

  • Documents
    Griffith's Primary Valuation, 1846-1865
    Griffith's Primary Valuation, 1846-1865
    Culbert indviduals and variants

  •  Notes 
    • Compiled by Sir Richard Griffith, the Commissioner of Valuation, this resource lists the prime lessee and the lessor of every property, both buildings and land, in Ireland. It was compiled shortly after the potato famine. Arranged by groups of parishes in Poor Law Unions, under each townland or street is given a brief description of each property, with the acreage and the valuation due. It was a tax, based upon the productive capacity of the land and the rent potential of the buildings. It was initially intended to raise money for the maintenance of the poor and destitute of each parish, including the upkeep of the local workhouse. Griffith's Valuation used English or Statute Acres. One Irish Acre = 1.6 Statute acres.

      Valuation Revision Books <http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/val12b.htm>
      28 Mar 2013 - This application provides a fully searchable placename index to the Valuation Revision Books (VAL/12/B) covering counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone between the years 1864 to 1933.  In total, c.3,900 volumes were digitally captured, with over 440,000 images now available to view online. The digital application is searchable by Placename (City, County, Parish, Townland) or PRONI Reference.  The cities of Londonderry and Belfast have been indexed to Street and Ward level.  Streets can be found by using the free text search.
      Of the c.3,900 original volumes, 44 have not yet been scanned. These remaining volumes will be added to the database at a future date.

      PRONI holds records relating to the valuation of property in Northern Ireland from the 1830s to 1993.  The original purpose was, and still remains, the assessment of every building and every piece of land and an estimation of its financial value.  The first Townland Valuation (VAL/1) of 1828-40 was followed by a Primary Valuation of Ireland (1848-1864), better known as Griffith’s Valuation. Thereafter, properties were valued annually from 1864 until the early 1930s (the annual Valuation Revision Books (VAL/12/B)).  Each year, valuers recorded any change in the quality or dimensions of the properties, or in the names of occupiers or immediate lessors, and any differences in the acreage and value. The changes were recorded in different colours of ink, one colour for each year, and the alterations are usually dated. This can help to establish significant dates in family history, such as dates of death, sale or migration.

      The equivalent revision books for the remaining twenty-six counties of Ireland are known as the Cancelled Land Books and the updating procedures were identical. Unfortunately they have not been digitized (yet!), but can be consulted  in the Valuation Office in Dublin. The Valuation Office and PRONI hold the Cancelled Land Books, which would indicate changes in tenure from 1857 to the present. These books show the change in the head of household. Periodically the Griffith's Valuation was updated and you can actually see when the head of household died or immigrated, his or her name is crossed out, and the new head of household is written in with the date. Also, if a new building is built on the land this will also show. If you know where your ancestors lived when the Griffith's Valuation was taken it is a good resource to help follow your family through to the mid-1900s. These books have not been checked for CULBERT, etc. [See electronic file under Ireland for LDS microfilm numbers.]

      Comments: Because the Griffith's Valuation was taken approximately one generation after the Tithe Applotment, where the same family is found for the same townland it suggests a possible link. Different types of acres were used in each survey, the Irish and English (or statute) acre. This will account for differences in the size of land held by a family from one valuation to the other if they appear in both. As married women did not have property rights in the 1800s, any woman named was either a widow or a spinster (never married). This survey serves as a default for the 1851 national census, which no longer exists.

      Free access at: <http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index>

      The Valuation Office Books have been searched for 45 Culberts and transcriptions have been extracted and page images have been downloaded from FindMyPast, Jan 2017.

      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hiflyte/gv_surnames_c5.htm