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Category Archives: News

National Survey of Hospital Records – Update

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.

February Document of the Month

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 [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 [...]

1923-1951 testamentary records searchable online

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)

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

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 [...]

New genealogy resources online

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 [...]

Soldiers’ Wills – new release

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 [...]