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Valuation Revision Book Search

Introduction

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.
Image of Valuation Revision Book
Image from a Valuation Revision Book

Valuation Revision Books in Context

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 PRONI Valuation Revision Books will complement any research undertaken using the Griffith's Valuation database currently available online.