Take Advantage of Your Ancestor's Property Tax Dollars
The TITHE APPLOTMENT BOOKS (1823-1838) are one of the two major surviving records collections that serve researchers as substitutes for the pre-1901 censuses that were destroyed in the Dublin’s Four Courts record office’s 1922 fire (Griffith’s Valuation is the other).
For almost every parish, they show the occupiers’ names, amount of land held, and amount to be paid in tithes to the Church of Ireland (the Established Church until 1871). The amount was fixed, based on the average price for wheat and oats in each parish over the seven years preceding 1821, and was to be paid in cash rather than in kind (e.g., services, crops).
For researchers, the Tithe Applotment is a detailed census of occupiers of titheable land, both landed gentry and farmers and tenants. It represents only a small section of the population – not a list of householders, laborers, weavers, cottiers and all urban dwellers. Additional detailed information is available on the website www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy/titheapplprimvalu.html with a link to Northern Ireland’s Public Record Office’s website www.proni.gov.uk/ .
IGSI’s library has a CD containing the records and 19 listings for research books about Tithe Applotment. The original books for the Republic and microfilm for the North of Ireland are housed in the Public Record Office in Dublin. All of the records are on microfilm at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (LDS) Genealogical Library (also referred to as the Family History Library in Salt Lake City) and the regional Family History Centers).