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Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers, 1818-1922

The records of the Chief Secretary’s Office constitute one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The registered papers mainly comprise incoming correspondence of the Chief Secretary’s Office ‘registered’ by a clerk in that office. The correspondence consists of letters, petitions, memorials, […]

Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers, 1818-1922

The records of the Chief Secretary of Ireland’s Office constitute one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The registered papers mainly comprise incoming correspondence of the Chief Secretary’s Office ‘registered’ by a clerk in that office. The correspondence consists of letters, […]

1901 & 1911 census

A systematic government census of the Irish population was taken every 10 years from 1821 until 1911. No census was taken in 1921, due to political unrest as a result of the War of Independence and Civil War, but the work of taking census resumed in 1926. All census returns from 1926 onwards are closed […]

Accessibility

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Wills and administrations

To ensure the legality of a will of a deceased person, a grant of probate must be made by the courts. As part of this process, the original will is lodged with the courts. If someone dies intestate, without having made a will, the courts can grant letters of administration for the disposal of the […]

Behind the Scenes: meet our new archivists

In the last few months the National Archives has welcomed three new permanent archivists to the team; Deirdre O’Connell and Suzanne Bedell, who are in the Public Services Division, and Eilís McCarthy who is in Archives and Government Services Division.   All three have extensive experience and have not only worked in a variety of […]

Valuation Office records

Primary Valuation The Primary Valuation, also known as Griffith’s Valuation, was the first, full-scale valuation of property in Ireland and details of property with valuations were published between 1847 and 1864. There is a printed valuation book for each barony or poor law union in the country, showing the names of occupiers of land and […]

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Penal transportation records: Ireland to Australia, 1788–1868

Irish archives are a major source for Australians researching Irish convict ancestors, despite the fact that not all records from the Chief Secretary’s Office in Dublin Castle survive, especially from the period before 1836. Penal transportation to Australia, and later to Bermuda and Gibraltar, covered the years 1791 until 1853, when the sentence of penal […]