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November Document of the Month

November 10th, 2014


Letter from Private John Brady of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles of the British Expeditionary Force, France, to Mrs Byrne of Bohermeen Post Office, Navan, County Meath, dated 17 JY [?] 1915.

This archive is the Featured Document on the Archives Portal Europe website.

Closure on Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2014

October 28th, 2014

The Reading Room of the National Archives will be closed to the public on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th December 2014 to facilitate the annual media preview of the archives of Government Departments relating mainly to 1984 which will be opened to the public in January 2015. Only representatives of newspapers and broadcasting companies will be admitted on the days of the preview. Newspapers and broadcasting companies have already been invited to nominate representatives.

The Reading Room will re-open to the public at 9.15 on Monday 8th December.

Any inconvenience to readers is sincerely regretted.

1923-1951 testamentary records searchable online

August 22nd, 2014

Testamentary records from 1923-1951 are now available to search by name of the deceased in our online catalogue. This is in addition to the calendars of wills and administrations searchable online for the years 1858-1920 and 1922-1982.


Finance Compensation files – new release

July 31st, 2014

The National Archives is listing and making available files that relate to compensation claims for property losses during the Civil War period, 1921-1923, and files for counties Cork and Kerry are now available to search online.


Further releases of the compensation files will be searchable as and when those for the remaining counties are listed.


Wood’s “Guide to the records deposited in the PROI” online

June 10th, 2014

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.


New genealogy resources online

April 28th, 2014

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.


Soldiers’ Wills – new release

April 28th, 2014

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.