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Welcome to the PRONI website


Welcome to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).  PRONI aims to identify, preserve and make available Northern Ireland's unique archival heritage and community memory.

Registration
You can carry out research in PRONI free of charge.  To register you must bring photographic ID to obtain a visitor pass.  You can complete and return your PRONI registration form in advance.  See visiting PRONI for further details on registration and opening hours.
Customer Notice
PRONI will be closed to the public on 21-22 April 2014.
Giro d'Italia Big Start 2014
The Giro d'Italia, one of the world's biggest sporting occasions, will launch from Belfast's Titanic Quarter from 9th to 10th of May. We expect there to be heavy traffic disruption around the Titanic Quarter area on Friday 9th May, as well as potential congestion on Thursday 8th of May in the run up to the event. We would recommend that any users who wish to visit PRONI on these days make use of public transport, to avoid congestion as much as possible. PRONI is a 10-15 minute walk from Titanic Quarter Railway Station; and is also accessible from the City Centre by Metro 26.

For the latest information on the Giro d'Italia 'Big Start' in Belfast, please follow this link. You can also view the official 'Giro d'Italia Essential Guide' by following this link.

To mark this exciting event, PRONI will soon install a small exhibition in our atrium on the history of cycling in Ireland, along with a digital gallery of highlight images. Also check out our Document of the Month for April to put you in the mood!

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Annie, Maggie and Connie Cooke-Reference D2412/D/2
Conflict, Change and Transforamtion exhibition touchscreen
Paul McCormack, Nicola McClean and Minister Caral Ni Chuilin at the Ground Zero launch, 2013
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PRONI News

'Belfast: Past, Present, Future': Public lectures on the historical development of Belfast

'Belfast: Past, Present, Future': Public lectures on the historical development of Belfast

Lunchtimes in May/June 2014
PRONI would like to invite you to a special series of lectures focused on the history of Belfast. In this series, we will also review thinking on the city's future development.
April Document of the Month: "The Big Start: From Gymkhana to Giro"

April Document of the Month: "The Big Start: From Gymkhana to Giro"

In anticipation of Giro d'Italia 2014, which will be launched from Belfast's Titanic Quarter on 9th May, PRONI's Document of the Month has a quirky cycling theme...
PRONI Staff Lecture Series: 'Further Insights on Undiscovered Archives'

PRONI Staff Lecture Series: 'Further Insights on Undiscovered Archives'

April 2014
PRONI is delighted to announce details of a new series of Wednesday lunchtime talks. These talks will provide excellent insight and tips on using PRONI sources.
Public Launch Event: Extension of the Will Calendars Application

Public Launch Event: Extension of the Will Calendars Application

PRONI will be launching its latest addition to the Will Calendars Application at its headquarters in Titanic Quarter on 13 March 2014 at 12.30pm. 170,000 additional Will index entries will be added to this unique resource covering the period 1918 1921, 1944 1965 which were proved in Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry District Registries. This comprehensive index will enable researchers to search over 400,000 Will index entries, between 1858 1965, making this an invaluable genealogical resource.