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What’s new in the online catalogue

May-August 2014 updates

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 following records were added to our online catalogue from May to August:





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.





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).




As part of a project to make searchable the data in the will calendars from 1923–1951 that are available in the Reading Room and as pdf files online, all 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 for 1858–1920 available on our genealogy website and further releases of keyed testamentary calendar records will be flagged as and when they become available.