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Introduction

The guides to sources, together with articles based on our holdings consist of introductions to some of our archival collections. They contain detailed information on a number of diverse topics, provide a historical background or context in which the records were created and may flag or highlight potential research areas of interest.   Please note [...]

Introduction

The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity. These documents have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped our nation.   Almost all [...]

Record Series Descriptions

PRES 1 – Registered Files   This series consists of more than 4,600 files documenting the history of the Presidency and the administration of the Office of the Secretary to the President since the establishment of the former office under the Constitution of 1937. The files pertain to the six terms of office of the following [...]

FAQs on transportation to Australia

See also the Ireland-Australia transportation database   Question 1: What was the transportation system and when did it commence?   Answer to question 1: The exact origin of the use of transportation as a punishment for crime is obscure, but it seems to have developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from a need to [...]

Research guides and articles

The guides to sources, together with articles based on our holdings consist of introductions to some of our archival collections. They contain detailed information on a number of diverse topics, provide a historical background or context in which the records were created and may flag or highlight potential research areas of interest.   Please note [...]

Archives held in the National Archives

The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity. These documents have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped our nation.   Almost all [...]

Genealogy websites

Having explored the pages in this genealogy section, readers may also find the following list of genealogical links useful. Please note that the National Archives does not accept any responsibility for the services offered on these sites.   A Achievements Ancestry.com Askaboutireland.ie Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) Association of Ulster Genealogists and Record [...]

Ireland-Australia transportation records (1791-1853)

The fire in the Public Record Office complex in the Four Courts during the Irish Civil War (1922-1923) resulted in the severe damage and destruction of records. Although not all records from the Chief Secretary’s Office in Dublin Castle survive, especially from the period before 1836, sufficient material has survived to make the transportation records [...]

Related agencies in Ireland and worldwide

Irish archives, manuscript libraries, museums and related resources Belfast Linen Hall Library Chester Beatty Library Church of Ireland Representative Church Body Library CNCI – Council of National Cultural Institutions CultureNet – gateway to the culture and heritage of Ireland CultureNorthernIreland – online cultural atlas Garda Síochána Museum and Archives Irish Architectural Archive Irish Film Archive [...]

Responsibility for other records

In addition to our responsibilities for Departmental records, we have overall statutory responsibility for Church of Ireland parish registers of marriages which pre-date 1 April 1845 and baptisms and burials which pre-date 1 January 1871, declared to be public records by the Acts of 1875 and 1876. Until recently, almost all of the surviving registers [...]