PRONI search service
- What is the PRONI search service?
- What sort of searches does the PRONI Search Service undertake?
- What sort of searches does the PRONI Search Service NOT undertake?
- How do I request a search?
- What is the charge for the PRONI search service?
- Is payment for a search required in advance?
- Do I still have to pay if PRONI’s search in the archives is unsuccessful?
- What methods of payment do you accept and can I pay with foreign currency?
- How long will a search take?
- Can the PRONI search service provide copies of documents?
What is the PRONI search service?In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (2000), the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) offers a chargeable service for searching the archives. This search service applies to records which are currently open to the public here at PRONI.
If you are unable to visit PRONI or don’t want to carry out research yourself, the PRONI search service can provide a route for you to access specific information.
- baptism, marriage or burial entry in a church record
- copy of a census return
- extract from a valuation record
- entry in a tithe book
- extract from a rental in a landed estate record
- extract from crew lists and shipping agreements
- copy of a will
- search for a named individual 5 years either side of an agreed date within a particular archive
Follow-up requests will be accepted subject to demands on staff time
Definite information is required to proceed with a search and the chances of a successful outcome will depend on the accuracy of the information you give us.
visit PRONI yourself or contact an independent commercial researcher.
The PRONI search service cannot:
- provide a comprehensive genealogical research service
- undertake ‘speculative’ searches - for example, we cannot provide you with details of every individual with a particular surname that appears on a register between certain dates
contact us by letter, email or fax or complete a PRONI enquiry form online.
You should include your own contact details and clearly state the information you are looking for, providing as many relevant details as possible.
It is not always necessary to know the full PRONI reference (such as CAB/9B/312/8 or HA/32/1/702) or archive you are interested in, but it is extremely helpful if you do. You will find the references in the PRONI catalogues, guides, indexes and leaflets.
We don’t normally charge for providing information on sources, for example, if you are asking whether or not we hold records of a particular school, church or landed estate.
If you want staff to carry out a search in the archives, for example, if you want us to locate a specific census return or the record of a baptism or marriage, then you should expect to pay a search fee.
Search fees are currently £15.50 per search undertaken, for example, a search for a census return will normally be charged per address searched.
Fees are in accordance with the PRONI Public Use of the Records (Management and Fees) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2009
There is a separate charge for photocopying and postage where applicable. A search fee will be payable where copying involves research to identify the items to be copied.
Only when this has been agreed and payment received do we proceed with the search.
There are no refunds for unsuccessful searches.
We cannot accept payment details by e-mail or by telephone for security reasons and payments cannot be made online.
We regret that we cannot accept payment in any currency other than pounds sterling. Cash payments in other currencies will be returned.
copying and copyright terms.