PRONI in Ireland Genealogy

PRONI-Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

PRONI in Ireland Genealogy is the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland's (PRONI) and the main archive for Northern Ireland (uk) and holds millions of documents, most covering a period from around 1600 to the present day.

These include valuable Northern Ireland genealogy sources such as church registers, land and estates records, court records and wills.  PRONI new headquarters is located in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

Although most of the 1841 - 1891 census returns were pulped into waste paper during the First World War or were destroyed later during the Irish Civil War, there are a number of ways for an enterprising genealogist to get round this problem.

One of the most important ancestry collections held at PRONI is the Church Records. Of particular interest to Irish genealogy researchers are the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. These were kept by most of the denominations in Ireland and many of those for the nine counties of UIster and indeed elsewhere in Ireland have been copied by PRONI or, in some cases, are deposited in PRONI.

Using the unique archives at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland with it's collection of numerous family pedigrees, family notes, wills, land records, deeds, leases, and most importantly both Catholic and Protestant Parish Church records of birth and marriage you can get in touch once again with your Northern Ireland genealogy family roots here in Ireland. It is  a valuable resource in your family tree history search.

Further information on researching at PRONI is available at: http://www.proni.gov.uk/


GRONI-General Register Office Northern Ireland

The General Register Office of Northern Ireland, GRONI in Ireland Genealogy is the official site for advice on ordering Birth, Marriage and Death certificates from Civil Registration records in Northern Ireland (uk) . The following registration indexes are available:

  • Births registered in Northern Ireland from 1 January 1864
  • Adoptions recorded in the Adopted Children Register Northern Ireland from 1 January 1931
  • Deaths registered in Northern Ireland from 1 January 1864
  • Registered Non-Roman Catholic marriages from 1 April 1845 and all registered marriages from 1 January 1864
  • Civil Partnerships registered in Northern Ireland from 5 December 2005
  • World War II death indexes from 1939 to 1945

Further information on researching at GRONI is available at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/archive-for-family-and-local-history.



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