The transcripts of documents we have available were first collated by Martin McGoldrick and family for the original Lurgan Ancestry website. They consist of the Griffiths Land Valuations for the Parishes of Montiaghs, Seagoe and Lurgan Town.
Griffith's Valuation was the first real listing of each piece of property; the occupier who was living on it by lease or ownership; the immediate lessor; the type of property, i.e. house, offices (out-buildings), land, etc.; the acreage; and the value of the land, buildings, and total valuation for the tax. These same records were used well into the 1900's, names being crossed off as people died or moved, and the new occupier listed.
The Directories we have available here are based on those originally transcribed by Martin McGoldrick. We are also in the process of transcribing other records that we have acquired and these will be available soon. Some of the transcripts only give a name and the town or in some cases the parish. We have reproduced here all of the information that is avaialble to us. Hopefully this will be enough to help you pinpoint your search.
We are also working on other records which have become available to us. The hearth tax, was a tax imposed by Parliament in 1662, to support the Royal Household of King Charles II following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The Composition Act of 1823 specified that tithes due to the Established Church, the Church of Ireland, which had hitherto been payable in kind, should now be paid in money. As a result, it was necessary to carry out a valuation of the entire country, civil parish by civil parish, to determine how much would be payable by each landholder.
On 1st September 2015 lurganancestry.com was five years old, and to celebrate our birthday we launched an exclusively unique database of people who have lived and worked in Lurgan Town since around 1700 up until 1970!! This ambitious long term project which we've called “The Lurgan Town Householders and Traders Index”, will, over time, list the ordinary men and women, tradesmen and householders in a searchable database. You can search by name, year, occupation and street and follow your ancestors down through the years.
There are many more records for the Lurgan area and we will publish them as soon as they become available to us. Come back again soon to see what new records we have.
The information on this website is free and will always be so. However, there are many documents and records that we would like to show here that are only available for sale. If you would like to make a donation to the Lurgan Ancestry project, however small (or large!), to enable us to acquire these records, it would be very much appreciated. The Lurgan Ancestry Project is a not for profit website, all monies raised from the site go back into it.
What Records are Available
This website is dedicated to the Sons and Daughters of Lurgan down through the ages.