Good Online Resource for Irish Genealogy from the Irish Times; Shows Distribution of Surnames for Griffith’s Valuation Among the Various Irish Counties

Hi Everyone!

A researcher that attends our monthly genealogy program has shared with me a very nice Irish Genealogy Online Resource from the Irish Times.  The website allows you to enter in the Irish surname of your choice and then proceeds to provide you with a listing of the distribution of that surname among the various counties.  The original source of the surname distribution comes from Griffith’s Valuation Property Survey of 1847 – 1864.

Seeing the distribution of a surname throughout a country can often give you some geographical insights to search if any one county shows a significant amount of that surname.  I have seen that for Poland and the distribution of the surname KIERNA that I research showing me that the vast majority of the surname KIERNA is still located in the area where my own ancestors originated from.  If you are unaware of a county of origin, at least seeing a high distribution in one area may allow you to begin searching that county for your ancestral connection.

The database provides you with how many occurrences there are for the name,  but you will have to subscribe to access the data in the database.  You purchase search units in Euros or Dollars.  In Euros, 50 Euros purchases 30 search units.  The website provides background on the costs you can expect to pay when accessing various components of the database material.

The researcher that shared this with me has made great strides in their research by using this online material.  The costs are very reasonable.  You only purchase “search units” as needed.

Here is a link to the main website that provides the researcher with good information on all that is available at the site:

Irish Times Surname Distribution in Irish Counties Based on Griffith’s Valuation Property Survey of 1847 -1864

For those of you focusing on Irish genealogical research, this may be a site for you to at least take a look at if you are not aware of it.  The researcher that shared this with me swears by the value of this site and how it helped in their research.

Taking a look costs you nothing.  You may still find some good Irish research tips from this site from all of the material they have over and above the database search capability.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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One response to “Good Online Resource for Irish Genealogy from the Irish Times; Shows Distribution of Surnames for Griffith’s Valuation Among the Various Irish Counties

  1. Tony…the biggest help this site gave me is that it had a link to a private Earls’ family genealogy page that, at the very bottom of all the lists, had someone from Portland, ME contributing the marriage information for a Barbara Earls showing that her sister Catherine, who was my 2nd ggm, was a witness. It confirmed that this Earls family was my own and I now have contact with relatives in Portland and was able to discover the names of Patrick Earls/Earles and Mary King, my 3rd ggps.

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