Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1838
Along with Griffith’s Primary Valuation of Ireland, compiled between 1848 and 1864, the most important body of Irish land records are the Tithe Applotment Books of 1823-1838. Tithe surveys were undertaken in order to calculate the amount of tax payable by the landholders of Ireland for the upkeep of the Church of Ireland. The applotment surveys identified every landholder with details such as name of townland, size of holding, land quality, and types of crops, all laid out in large volumes known as Tithe Applotment Books.The Tithe Applotment Books were compiled for the six counties that constitute present-day Northern Ireland–Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, and Tyrone. Encompassing something in the region of 200,000 entries, data provided includes the landholder’s surname and forename as well as his townland, parish, and county of residence. In all, 233 parishes are covered
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