The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) holds many valuable sources for family history research.
If you are just beginning your research and have no experience of family history, read our family history: getting started and family history: key sources sections first. You may also find it useful to read what are archives and records and using the archives.
Family history researchers at all levels will find valuable information in the Your Family Tree Series of leaflets. There are 28 leaflets in total, each giving information on various archives which can be used for genealogical research. Each leaflet is a PDF document – you can download the whole series and use them as a reference file if you wish.
In addition to using the archives we have specifically identified, you can also consult the catalogues, guides and indexes to widen your search.
What's available online?The Ulster Covenant archive and Freeholders records held by PRONI have been digitised and indexed and are available on the PRONI website. These online archives are fully searchable and have links to digitised images of the original documents.
A project to index and digitise 1858 - c1900 wills from the District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry is almost complete. Phase one - an index to the will calendar entries (grants of probate and letters of administration) - is now available on the PRONI website. Phase two - to link the will calendar entries to the digitised images of the wills - will follow shortly.
Family history researchers can search for ancestors who may be recorded in the above sources.