The Medical Independent recently ran an article on the current survey of hospital records by the National Archives. The project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, aims to record the type, date range and quantity of pre-1970 records, as well as their overall condition and storage arrangements.
- Request for tenders: Paper Conservator
- Archives Storage and Preservation Division
- Conservation and preservation
- Reader Services Division
- Records Acquisition and Description Division
- Special Projects Division
- Legislation governing the National Archives
- National Archives’ responsibility for archives
- Responsibility for Departmental records
- Responsibility for other records
- Ministerial responsibility for archives
- National Archives Advisory Council
- Annual reports of the NAAC
- Annual reports of the Director of the National Archives
- 27th EBNA Conference and 14th EAG Meeting
- European Heads of Conservation 5th Meeting
- 'Lovers of Liberty?' Local Government in 20th century Ireland by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter
- Statute rolls of the Irish parliament, Richard III – Henry VIII edited by Dr Philomena Connolly
- Counties in Time - documents and commentaries from the National Archives of Ireland
The Document of the Month for February is a beautifully ornate letter from H. Von Deihen, President of the Royal Mining Office for the Rhenish Provinces, to an undisclosed recipient thanking him for sending copies of works on the Silurian and [Carboniferous] fossils of Ireland. The letter is contained in a letter book from the Valuation Office collection.
We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions which we hope will make your visit to the National Archives as productive and enjoyable as possible.
Finding aids to the annual transfers of 30-year old departmental records are now available in our Reading Room. Members of the public with valid readers’ tickets are welcome to visit and consult the material released by the following departments:
- Department of the Taoiseach
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Office of the Attorney General
- Department of Justice and Equality
- Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
- Office of the Secretary to the President
- Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
- Department of Social Protection
Electronic finding aids to this material will soon be available in our online catalogue.
The National Archives is listing and making available files that relate to compensation claims for property losses during the Civil War period, 1921-1923.
Currently, nine counties are searchable online. Remaining counties will be added to the online catalogue as listing is completed.
The ”Guide to the records deposited in the Public Record Office of Ireland“ by former Assistant Deputy Keeper of the Public Records Herbert Wood is now available to consult on our website. Published in 1919, the guide lists the collections lodged in the PROI at that time, many of which were subsequently destroyed in the fire during the civil war in 1922.
The National Archives, in partnership with FindMyPast and FamilySearch, has placed online some valuable new genealogical resources which complement the material already on our genealogy website. They are:
Census survivals, 1821-1851; surviving and copy census returns from the pre-famine period, with considerable clusters of records for places like Cavan, Meath and Antrim;
Census Search Forms, 1841-1851; records of searches in the census records pre-1922 to provide proof of age as eligibility for the Old Age Pension, introduced in 1909. These records give names and ages of members of the family in 1841 or 1851, and very often the maiden name of the applicant’s mother.
These collections deal with 600,000 individuals in all, a substantial record of an important period in Irish history while the final tranche of our Soldiers’ Wills covering 1917-1918 are now also available to search online.
The National Archives holds a collection of soldiers’ wills for Irishmen who served in the British army in the 19th and early 20th century. These wills were made by non-commissioned soldiers who were encouraged by the army to make a will before leaving for active service.
There is a small number of wills surviving for Irishmen who served in the British army in the late 19th century and during the South African wars of 1898-1902; however, the vast majority of the collection dates from the First World War. We have digitised all these records and the entire collection is now available free online where researchers will be able to search the collection and view digitised images of the original wills.