Home » People » Tracing Your Family Tree » Valuation Revision Books in Ireland


In looking at the Valuation Revision Books, please not that we have already described previously how Griffith’s Valuation is the primary valuation for Ireland. (See: Using Griffith’s Valuation to find where people lived) The valuation was conducted between 1848 – 1864. It’s worth to Irish genealogists cannot be overestimated.

Valuation Revision Books

The Valuation Revision Books followed on from Griffiths Valuation and they record the ownership and values of property annually from 1864 up until the early 1930’s.

Each year the valuers reported any changes to the occupiers, or to the size or improvements in a property. The alterations are recorded in different coloured ink, one colour for each year. These ‘crossings out’ and differences in handwriting can sometimes make the entries difficult to decipher.

Using the Valuation Office Revision Books

To search the Revision Books you need to have a good idea of the townland, village or city where your ancestors were resident at the time. Most rural volumes have an index page at the front, this will list the townlands contained in each book.

While searching, note that a page number will be given but due to the number of alterations over the years this is now more of a guide than an exact page reference.

Almost all of the Belfast volumes lack an index, so you must go review the book street by street. Given that the streets are listed by area not alphabetically), this can be very time-consuming especially without some knowledge of the geography & areas.

Benefits of Reviewing the Valuation Office Revision Book

In addition to enabling you to follow the history of a property as it passed from generation to generation, these records also show when a farm or house passed out of family hands.

They can also map the development of a town and population growth or decline in a certain area.

The records provide some of the information that has been lost due to the lack of census material and are an important tool for family historians.

How to access the Valuation Revision Books

Northern Ireland Valuation Books

Public Records Office Of Northern Ireland online will search logo
Public Records Office Of Northern Ireland online will search logo

The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland holds the Valuation Books for the North. To links below provide details on accessing and using these free records:

PRONI Valuation Revision Book Search
PRONI Valuation Search
Valuation Revision Book page
Valuation Book page

Republic of Ireland Valuation Office Revision Books

Revision Books for the twenty-six counties of Ireland are not yet digitised. They can be inspected in person at the Valuation Office in Dublin – www.valoff.ie

Those who cannot attend the Dublin Valuation Office in person but with an interest in seeing a Revision Book for a particular townland in the 26 counties of Ireland can order copies of the required book (for a fee) from the Timeline Genealogy Clerk service using the link below

Timeline Genealogy in Ireland Valuation Office Revision Book Request
Timeline Genealogy in Ireland Valuation Office Revision Books

See Also:

Belfast Entries is a husband & wife hobby website featuring articles on our shared history and entertaining stories of our past. We hope you enjoy visiting the website and would particularly like to thank those who have made a donation through the “Buy Us A Coffee” facility.

If you enjoyed this article...

If you like the Belfast Entries stories and want to see ALL new posts, please add us as Facebook friends by clicking the button to receive notifications of new posts. Remember that we can only post to a specific group if the subject is relevant – no group will see all posts as our topics vary every week.

What are others reading now?

Crumlin Road Jail - Black & White

Elizabeth Gould Bell – A Forgotten Heroine

By P&P / 17 June 2022 / 0 Comments

Sharing Posts

Please share our posts to help us increase readership for future posts. All posts can be shared directly from this website page or can be shared from our Facebook page.

You can also add feedback to the Comments section below every post. Comments will not appear immediately as we have to vet the comments submitted to remove automated adverts/ SPAM. All genuine comments are welcome.

Belfast Entries posts & photos are our intellectual property and copyrighted to us. Where we use photos that do not belong to us, it is because we believe them to be in the public domain or shared under a Creative Commons licence with appropriate attribution. None of our content or images can be used without our consent. Note that a link to our Copyright & Takedown notice is included in the website footer on all pages.


We are a Belfast couple adding information on Belfast and the surrounding counties. Over coming months we will add a range of posts covering the people, places, products and stories that interest us and will hopefully be of interest to you. Over time we hope to build up information of use to locals & visitors alike and welcome your feedback on subjects of interest or stories that might be interest to the wider audience. Let us know what you think.


Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published.

Sign In


Reset Password

Please enter your username or email address, you will receive a link to create a new password via email.

Would you like notifications of new Belfast Entries posts?    OK No thanks