Tax records are a difficult source to use because they are rarely indexed and the information they contain is not always useful to genealogist. But since most Irish tax records were burned in 1922, those that have survived are extremely useful. They usually give the place of residence at the time of the tax record.

Tax records in Ireland fall into two different classes: pre-1661 and post-1661. Pre-116 records of taxes were created under the English Feudal system. Post-1661 records were collected locally.

The most important tax records for Irish researchers are the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffiths Primary Valuation. Both of these records serve as census substitutes.



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