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Friday, 27 January 2017

Latest on Valuation Office Cancelled Books digitisation

Cancelled/Revision Books at the Valuation Office
Digitisation work on the Valuation Office's Cancelled/Revision Books collection is continuing a-pace.

The books for thirteen counties – Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary – have been scanned and are accessible on computer to researchers visiting the VO in the Irish Life Building on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin.

With half the counties of the Republic now scanned, it seems the digitisation project has moved on rather quickly of late. There were only six available when I last visited in August!

When fully digitised, the collection will be heading online. As yet there is no confirmation where that online home will be, but the records will be free to access, that much is certain (which makes the National Archives's Genealogy website a contender). We'll see.

In the meantime, if you're visiting the VO and need to handle original books, here's a reminder: you can scan or photograph the books with your own devices, and there's no charge. Using the VO's photocopier does attract a charge, however.