Major Record Offices

 

PRONI Reading Room, Belfast

  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Belfast
    66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast BT9 6NY, Northern Ireland, Tel: (028 90) 255905, Fax: (028 90) 255999. Most manuscript records relating to Northern Ireland genealogy, including church registers, wills, estate papers. This site includes a search engine allowing the entire site to be searched by key word, such as a county name, estate owner's name or record type. There are detailed descriptions now on-line of some of the large manuscript collections. Many of the descriptions of estate paper collections provide lists of the townlands which are covered in the records. You can also view an alphabetical list of the collections describes on the web site. There are documents with extensive descriptions of various genealogy sources with historical background such as "Census Substitutes: 18th- and 19th-Century" and "Valuation Records." Some, like the "Voters, Poll, and Freeholders Records" and "Militia, Yeomanry Lists, and Muster Rolls" documents provide a county-by-county inventory of PRONI holdings.
     
  • General Register Office, Republic of Ireland [Oifig an Árd Chláraitheora]
    General Register Office, Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon;  Tel: +353 (0) 90 6632900; Fax: +353 (0) 90 6632999. Civil registration (birth, marriage, death) beginning in 1864. The main offices of the GRO are now located in Roscommon Town, but facilities for research also remain in Dublin. The GRO maintains a family history research facility at 3rd Floor, Block 7, Irish Life Centre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. 
     
  • General Register Office, Northern Ireland, Belfast
    Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4HL, Northern Ireland, Tel: 101, if calling from within Northern Ireland; Outisde Northern Ireland: (028 90) 2520000; Fax: (028 90) 252120. Post-1922 civil registration for Northern Ireland.
     
  • Linen Hall Library, Belfast Northern Ireland
    17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GD, Northern Ireland, Tel: (028 90) 321707, Fax: (028 90) 438586. Genealogies, books, newspapers, newspaper indexes. Library was founded in 1788 and is the oldest library in Belfast.
     
  • National Archives of Ireland, Dublin,  [An Chartlann Náisiúnta]
    Bishop Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; Tel: 353 1890 252424; Non-local Tel: 353 01 407 2300; Fax: 353 01 407 2333. Many manuscript materials relating to Irish history and genealogy including surviving censuses, freeholders lists, wills, estate papers and administrations.
     
  • National Library of Ireland, Dublin [Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann]
    2/3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland; Tel: 353 1 603 02 00; Fax: 353 1 661 25 23. Roman Catholic parish registers, published works on Irish history and genealogy, and manuscripts such as estate papers and freeholders lists, are housed here.  
     
  • Presbyterian Historical Society, Belfast Northern Ireland
    Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6DW, Northern Ireland, Tel: (028 90) 322284, Fax: (028 90) 236609. The oldest Presbyterian records of Northern Ireland are kept here.
     
  • Registry of Deeds, Dublin [Chárlann na Talún & Chárlann na nGíomhas]
    Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, DX199, Ireland; Tel: (01) 8048417; Fax: (01) 8048406. Memorials of deeds relating to property in Ireland beginning in 1708.
     
  • Religious Society of Friends
    Ulster Quarterly Meeting, Friends Meeting House, Railway Street, Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Their office is open Thursday mornings, and they are happy to help with genealogy inquiries.
     
  • Representative Church Body Library, Dublin
    Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14, Ireland; Tel: (01) 4923979; Fax: (01) 4924770; E-mail. The RCBL holds Church of Ireland parish registers and other records for tracing Church of Ireland ancestors. The site includes information about the functions of the library, its holdings and hours of operation, address/telephone/fax, and details of books offered for purchase. 
     
  • Trinity College Library, Dublin
    College Street, Dublin 2, Ireland; Tel: 353 1 896 1661; Fax: 353 1 896 3774; E-mail (Keeper of Manuscripts). This is the largest research library in Ireland and it contains many manuscripts, including landed estate papers of Irish landlords.
     
  • University College Dublin Archives Department, Dublin [Roinn na gCartlann]
    Archives Department, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland; Tel: 353 1 716 7555. Additional estate papers, Irish Folklore Commission collections, documents pertaining to history and culture.
     
  • U.K. Public Record Office
    Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, England; Tel: 44 (0) 20 8876 3444.
     
  • Ulster American Folk Park
    2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, County Tyrone BT78 5QY, Northern Ireland, Tel: (028 82) 243292.
     
  • Ulster Historical Foundation
    Cootton Court, 30 Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2ED, Northern Ireland. Telephone: 44 (0) 28 9033 2288; Fax: 44 (0) 28 9023 9885; Email.
     
  • University College Cork Library
    Boole Library, Univeristy College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland. Telephone: 353 21 490 2794; Fax: 353 21 427 3428; Email. This site provides general information, hours, and contact information. There is additional data regarding manuscripts, book, published primary sources and other material. Sources for historical studies (17th-19th centuries) are described including early surveys, census and other statistical surveys, and newspapers.
     
  • Valuation Office of Ireland, Dublin
    Irish Life Center, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1, Ireland; Tel: (01) 8171000; Fax: (01) 8171180; Email. Manuscript valuation materials and maps, circa 1830-present. 
     
  • Wesley Historical Society
    5 Aberdelghy Gardens, Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4QQ






 

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