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Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)


2 Titanic Boulevard
Titanic Quarter


028 90 534800




The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) holds the official archives of public records in Northern Ireland including those from government departments and ministries non-departmental public organisations such as courts, schools and hospitals. In addition a number of private archives have been deposited with PRONI.

A series of information leaflets is available at the website designed to assist both the beginner and the more experienced researcher. They cover the most popularly consulted archives, indicating their range and content and how they can be accessed. The series of leaflets is divided into the following categories:

§  Your Family Tree Series

§  Local History Series

§  Emigration Series

§  Historical Topics Series

§  General Information Series


Sources and records of key interest to genealogists and family historians are:


§  1901 census returns for Northern Ireland

§  Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1838

§  Griffiths Valuation

§  School records

§  Valuation books

§  Trade directories

§  Estate records

§  Wills from 1858-1995

§  Emigration records

§  Poor law records

§  Church records


Transcriptions and indexes some with digital images are available online including:

§  Street directories covering Belfast and Ulster, 1819-1900

§  Signatories to the Ulster Covenant, 1912

§  Freeholders' Lists

§  Indexes to pre-1858 wills and a selection of diocesan will indexes

§  Surviving fragments of the 1740 and the 1766 religious census returns

§  Dissenters petitions, 1775

§  Pre-1910 coroners' inquest papers


The electronic catalogue of PRONI's holdings known as eCATNI is available at the website. The PRONI Flickr Photostream is available at and contains a variety of subjects from the Allison Photographic Collection along with portraiture from the Cooper Collection. These collections have been digitised from original glass plate negatives dating from as early as 1900.