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Stack of registers from PRONI achives Volume from the PRONI archives Microfilm reel
Stack of registers from the PRONI archive.
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) holds archives and records relating mainly, but by no means exclusively, to Northern Ireland. Many of our archives were created in the 19th and 20th centuries, with some dating back much earlier.
People use PRONI to research a variety of topics – for example, to trace the history of a property or to look for an old court record. However, the majority of our visitors are interested in family history or local history.  
If you are just beginning your research, you might find it useful to read what are archives. This will give you a little more information on how archives are created, why they are kept and what they can be used for.
Our research and records held section also gives lots of information on PRONI’s archives and how to use them.
If you want to see at a glance what’s available online, visit our search the archives section.