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What’s new in the online catalogue

Introduction


The National Archives is continually adding to its online catalogue both newly accessioned material and legacy material that has been listed to modern archival standards.

 

The National Archives has added the following recently acquired transfers to its online catalogue:

 

July

 

 

The National Archives has recently listed the Chief Secretary’s Office Irish Crimes Records 1848–1893, under the reference code CSO/ICR. The Irish Crimes Records series includes annual returns of outrages from local constabulary offices reported to the Constabulary Office, Dublin Castle, between 1848 and 1893. The earliest returns record offences from 1837. Returns include monthly statistics for every county and province arranged by type of offence. From 1863, descriptions of homicides are recorded from the previous year, with name of victim and perpetrator, motive and punishment, and from 1869, gun crime is recorded or ‘firing at the person’ are included. The first two entries in the list, CSO/ICR/1 and CSO/ICR/2, are printed annual returns of outrages for the years 1848–1878 and 1879–1893, and digital copies of these documents are available to view with the descriptions.

 

The National Archives has recently listed the General Prisons Board, Penal files of prisoners who escaped, died in prison or were transferred to lunatic asylums, under the reference code GPB/PEN/3, dating mainly from the 1880s to the 1920s. Most of the prisoners listed either died or were transferred to Dundrum Lunatic Asylum, County Dublin. The files contain details on their conduct in prison and medical history, and the series includes several files on persons jailed for agrarian violence and Fenian activity, including the Fenian Hugh Mullen (GPB/PEN/3/96).

 

 

May

 

 

The National Archives has recently listed the Colonial Office (Irish Branch) 1916 Easter Rising Compensation Files dating from 1917–1925, under the reference code FIN/7. This files in this small series relate to the administration of claims for compensation for damages to property sustained during the Easter Rising of 1916. The Irish Office originally dealt with the administration of the Parliamentary Vote in respect of awards made by the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee, which heard claims for compensation for damages to property sustained during the Easter Rising in 1916. After 1922, the Irish Office became the Irish Branch of the Colonial Office and it continued the work of administering compensation grants. These files appear to have been transferred to the Department of Finance in Dublin in approximately 1923–1924.

 

The National Archives has recently listed the Chief Secretary’s Office: Convict Department, convict petitions and memorials dating from 1909–1922, under the reference code CSO/CD/1. This series contains convicts’ petitions or memorials appealing for remission of sentences or discharge from penal servitude made to the Lord Lieutenant or Chief Secretary by a prisoner, or on their behalf. The series relates to the period between 1918 and 1922, but some files include earlier previous petitions. The files include Courts of Assizes and Quarter Session Courts cases around Ireland and also smaller courts such as Petty Sessions, Parish Courts, and Field General Courts Martial. Cases include minor offences such as non-attendance of jurors; possession of illicit spirits; family cases including child neglect and assaulting wife; criminal cases relating to larceny; receiving stolen goods, assault, murder and infanticide. Political convictions include whiteboy offences; rioting; breaching curfew regulations in Belfast, 1921. There are also daily reports on the condition of hunger strikers from prison governors to the chairman of General Prisons Board, 1922.

 

 

March

 

  • Embassy of Ireland to Canada: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/39)
  • Probate Office, Dublin: testamentary records relating to the year 1989 (2010/1)
  • Probate Office, Dublin: testamentary records relating to the year 1986 (2007/1)
  • Probate Office, Dublin: testamentary records relating to the year 1985 (2006/1)
  • Letterkenny District Probate Office: testamentary records relating to the year 1991 (2012/6)
  • Monaghan District Court, county Monaghan: order books and minute books, 1921–1988 (2008/22)
  • Clones District Court, county Monaghan: order books and minute books, 1920–1987 (2008/166)
  • Castleblayney District Court, county Monaghan: order books and minute books, 1921–1988 (2008/165)
  • Carrickmacross District Court, county Monaghan: order books and minute books, 1926–1988 (2008/167)
  • Ballybay District Court, county Monaghan: order books and minute books, 1922–1988 (2008/168)
  • Gore family of Dunmore, county Galway: documents relating to, 1725–1896 (PRIV1244)
  • Maxwell family (Barons Farnham); Brabazon family, county Cork; O’Brien family, Barons Inchiquin; Maria Crosby, Ballyheigue Castle, county Kerry; Dr Samuel Horace Law of Dublin; RP Featherstonhaugh, property in county Westmeath; Scott family of Crevagh, county Clare; Frances Middleton of Rathmines, Dublin: documents relating to, 1868–1920 (PRIV1246)
  • Documents from the Wakefield Collection in the Library of Congress relating to the French family, Barons de Freyne, county Roscommon; King family, county Waterford; Adair family, Monkstown, county Dublin; Hamilton family, Glenmure, county Cork; Reverend John Lewis, Dublin; assorted deeds and deeds relating to the Massy Dawson estates in counties Limerick and Tipperary, 1635–1893 (PRIV1249)

 

The National Archives is currently updating the ‘T’ list of testamentary records to current archival standards and uploading the list in sections to its online catalogue, eventually replacing the testamentary card index in the Reading Room. The T list comprises copies and extracts of probated wills and administrations dating from the 1500s to the 1900s. It also includes extracts from parish registers, genealogical notes and papers relating to the granting of probates or administrations, even if the grant has not survived.

 

There are also deeds relating to the administration of Church of Ireland land. Currently over 6,000 entries have been re-listed and uploaded consisting of roughly 30% of the total and the remainder will be added when completed. View this list as completed so far.

 

 

January

 

Please note that the records below are stored off-site and must be ordered at least one day in advance. Further information on ordering records in advance of your visit is available in the Services for our visitors menu.

 

  • Department of the Taoiseach: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/100)
  • Office of the Attorney General, Subject-related (SR) files: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/16)
  • Office of the Attorney General, Parliamentary Counsel (PC) files: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/17)
  • Office of Secretary to the President: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/97)
  • Department of Justice, Criminal Law Reform Division: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/98)
  • Department of Justice, Crime 1 Division: 2014 release of records (2013/106)
  • Department of Justice, Equality and Diversity Division: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/93)
  • Department of Social Welfare: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/48)
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Placenames Branch: 2014 release of records (2013/46)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Central Registry files: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/27)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretary General’s files: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/28)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/29)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to Germany: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/30)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to Australia: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/32)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Chicago Consulate General of Ireland: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/33)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to Russia: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/36)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, New York: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/38)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, Geneva: 2014 release of records (2013/51)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to France: 2014 release of records (2013/40)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to the USA: 2014 release of records relating mainly to 1983 (2013/42)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to Greece: 2014 release of records (2013/43)