Ireland Householders Index

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From 1823 to 1864, records were kept of people who paid taxes to the Church of Ireland or the government in Ireland. A surname index to these tax records is called the Index of Surnames of Householders in Griffith's Primary Valuation and the Tithe Applotment Books, commonly called the Householders Index.

The Tithe Applotment Books list people of all religions who paid taxes to the Church of Ireland between 1823 and 1838. Griffith's Primary Valuation Lists identify people who paid taxes to the Irish government between 1847 and 1864. Both of these records are important for locating people who lived in Ireland during these time periods, since other records such as census returns and church records may not have survived.

These tax records give the names of people who occupied land, where they resided, usually a description of their property, and the amount of tax assessed. The names shown in these records can be used to help determine a possible place of residence for an ancestral family.

How to fine the Index

The first source of the Index is at the Family History Library. The next is at the Family History Centers. You can order microfilms though our online ordering system for viewing at your local Family History Center. Finally there is the online search at the Family History Library Catalog and the Ireland Householders Index is found in the catalog at FHL 62055 This page itself has the listing of what county is listed in which volume and the list of the list of call number for each volumne.

Online Sites

The following also have the Ireland Householders Index:

How the Householders Index Can Help You

You can use the Householders Index to:

Find a civil parish within a county where a surname can be found. (A civil parish is an administrative subdivision of a county.) Search this link to find the parishes in the counties of Ireland. Counties of Ireland

Search for an uncommon surname.

Determine the frequency of a surname in Griffith’s Primary Valuation.

The index is arranged by county. For each county there are two sets of surname lists. The first set covers the whole county and lists the barony (s) where the surname is found. (A barony is an administrative, tax, and regional division within a county.) The second set is arranged by civil parishes within each barony. The steps below discuss how to use the Householders Index.

Getting Started

Before beginning a search, you should know the county where your ancestor resided. If you do not have this information, it will be necessary to search for the surname in every county listed in the Householders Index. Counties of origin are often found in personal journals, obituaries, family histories, vital records, and so forth. To search the Householders Index, follow the steps listed below. They are discussed in more detail on the following pages.

Find the call number or film number for the county of your ancestor.
Locate the county in the print or film version of the index.
Locate the surname in the general surname index.
Locate the surname in the parish surname index.
Record the information for the surname.
Look in the actual tax lists to record additional details for the surname.

Step 1. Find the Call Number or Film Number for the County of Your Ancestor

See the Householders Index Call Number Guide for book call numbers and film numbers for the county you wish to search. This information is also listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:


If you are researching at the Family History Library, use the printed index. If you are in a Family History Center, order the film for the county you wish to search.

Householders Index Call Number Guide

County Film Number Call number
941.5 R22g
Antrim 919,001 Vol. 1
Armagh 919,001 1
Carlow 919,001 2
Cavan 919,001 2
Clare 919,002 2
Cork 919,002 3
Derry (Londonderry) 919,002 4
Donegal 919,003 4
Down 919,003 5
Dublin 919,003 5
Fermanagh 919,004 6
Galway 919,004 6
Kerry 919,004 6
Kildare 919,004 7
Kilkenny 919,004 7
Laois (Leix, Queen's) 919,005 8
Leitrim 919,005 8
Limerick 919,005 8
Longford 919,005 9
Louth 919,005 9
Mayo 919,005 9
Meath 919,005 10
Monaghan 919,006 10
Offaly (King's) 919,006 11
Roscommon 919,006 11
Sligo 919,006 11
Tipperary 919,006 12
Tyrone 919,007 13
Waterford 919,007 13
Westmeath 919,007 13
Wexford 919,007 14
Wicklow 919,007 14

Step 2. Locate the County in the Print or Film Version of the Index

A microfilm or book volume may contain more than one county. Counties are listed in alphabetical order. Because counties Cork and Tipperary are so large, they are divided into geographical sections in the Householders Index. Be sure that you search all the sections for these counties.

The introductory pages for each county include a title page, civil parish map, a list of civil and Catholic parishes, a contents page, and an explanation of the “G” (Griffith's Primary Valuation) and “T” (Tithe Applotment Books) references found in the indexes.

Step 3. Locate the Surname in the General Surname Index

Following the introductory pages of each county is the general surname index which includes the “G” and “T” references and the name of the barony where the surname appears. The number next to the “G” reference tells how many times that surname appears in Griffith's Primary Valuation records for that barony. A “T” reference appears if the surname is also found in the Tithe Applotment Books of that barony but does not indicate the number of times the name is listed.

Figure 1 is an example of what you would find in the general surname index for the surname Benson in county Mayo:

Surname Barony
Benson G6 T Gallen
Benson G T Clanmorri

Figure 1. General Index Example.

Step 4. Locate the Surname in the Parish Surname Index

The general surname index is followed by the civil parish surname index. In this index parishes are in alphabetical order by baronies, with surnames recorded alphabetically in each parish.

To use this index, go to the barony (s) you identified in step 3. The contents page of each county’s Householders Index has an alphabetical list of the baronies with page numbers where they will be found.

Step 5. Record the Information for the Surname

When you find the surname(s) you are searching for, record all the information given, including the barony, union, civil parish, dates of Griffith’s Primary Valuation and the Tithe Applotment Book, and “G” and “T” references. The “G” references in the civil parish list include the number of times the surname is found in each parish.

Figure 2 shows an example of what is listed for the surname Benson in county Mayo for the civil parish of Killedan:

Gallen Barony
Killedan Parish, Gallen Barony, Swineford Union, Co. Mayo
Griffith’s Valuation Year 1856 - Tithe Applotment Book Year 1834.
Benson G6 T

Figure 2. Civil Parish Index Example.

Step 6. Look in the Actual Tax Lists to Record Additional Details for the Surname

Once you have the information found in steps 2 through 5, look in the actual tax record to obtain the full details found in that source. Film and book numbers of the taxation records are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:


•The Tithe Applotment Books consist of 140 rolls of microfilm arranged by parish.

•Griffith's Primary Valuation Lists consist of more than 100 bound volumes that have been microfilmed on 22 rolls of film. The book collection of the index at the Family History Library is arranged alphabetically by county. The film collection listed in the Family History Library Catalog is arranged by county and either union or barony. (A union is an administrative division that may cross county lines.)

To find out what union a parish is in, check the alphabetical index to the parishes of Ireland in General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns of Ireland (1851 Census or 1901 Census) or in Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns of Ireland (1871 Census). The book and film numbers of these sources are listed in the

Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under: