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April Document of the Month

April 9th, 2015

The April Document of the Month is a photograph of Lieutenant John Rowswell Duggan (Jack Duggan) taken around 1914. Jack was serving with B Company, Royal Irish Officers, when he was killed in action at Gallipoli in August 1915.

Frequently Asked Questions

February 11th, 2015

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.

Annual releases – 2015

January 8th, 2015

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:


  1. Department of the Taoiseach
  2. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  3. Office of the Attorney General
  4. Department of Justice and Equality
  5. Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
  6. Office of the Secretary to the President
  7. Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  8. Department of Social Protection


Electronic finding aids to this material will soon be available in our online catalogue.


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 (Cork City)

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.


Currently, nine counties are searchable online. Remaining counties will be added to the online catalogue as listing is completed.


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.