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Online guides and indexes

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Example of an online index available on the PRONI website.
Please note: Guides, indexes and leaflets often give only the main archive reference.  Visitors should consult the catalogues held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) for more detailed descriptions and unique reference numbers before ordering a document.
  • PRONI Guide to Church Records (2MB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    PRONI's Guide to Church Records is an easy way to identify what churches are in a parish, what records exist for each church, the covering dates for each series of records (for example, baptisms, marriages, vestry minutes etc.) and their PRONI reference number.  Denominations included are Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian, Reformed Presbyterian, Methodist, Moravian, Congregational, Baptist and Religious Society of Friends' (Quakers').  Normally, there will be more than one denomination of church in each parish.  The denomination of a church can be identified in the Guide by the preceeding code (for example, C.I. = Church of Ireland, P. = Presbyterian Church and R.C. = Roman Catholic Church).  The majority of parishes covered in the Guide are located within the six counties of Northern Ireland, however PRONI holds some records from parishes in the Republic of Ireland, particularly the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Louth.

  • Geographical Index
    A helpful guide to understanding and locating administrative divisions within the context of Northern Ireland, including townlands, parishes, baronies, counties, poor law unions and dioceses.  See areas, regions and land divisions for a further explanation of these administrative areas.

  • Introductions to Significant Privately Deposited Archives (A-Z)
    Detailed introductions to of some of PRONI’s largest and most significant privately deposited archives.  Many introductions include extensive contextual information about the individual, family or organisation to which the archive relates.

  • Introductions to the Ministry/Department of Education Archive (674KB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    Includes an overview of the general history of education in Northern Ireland post -1922 and individual introductions to each series of files within the archive.  Some series’ pre-date the establishment of the Ministry of Education in 1922.

  • Newspapers Index (33KB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    Index of newspapers available on microfilm in PRONI.

  • Political Interest Index (155KB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    A guide to archives of political parties and archives of political interest, including papers relating to MPs' Constituency Affairs.

  • Privately Deposited Archives Index (A-Z) (2MB) Adobe PDF formatted document
    An alphabetical index of archives deposited by private individuals, organisations and groups.

  • Sporting Associations Index (234KB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    Index to archives relating to sport and recreation, arranged by sporting activity.

  • Guide To Sources For Women's History (600KB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    This guide relates to the broad categories of female influence and experience in areas such as war, politics, education, social reform and suffrage.

  • Index to Schools Collections at PRONI (903KB) Adobe PDF formatted document Opens a new browser window.
    This document provides an easy means of establishing which particular schools operated within any parish in Northern Ireland since 1831. The index includes the name of schools, arranged by parish, alternative names for schools where applicable, the county in which they are situated, PRONI collection reference number (all beginning with prefix SCH), along with additional notes if part of a collection is held elsewhere e.g. on microfilm. With the SCH reference number, users can browse the descriptions of any SCH collection via our online catalogue, to determine what records exist for a particular school. This PDF document is fully word-searchable- click ‘Ctrl and F’ to search by school name, parish or county. The original paper records of over 1,500 national schools in Northern Ireland, mainly from the 1860s to the 1940s, are accessible onsite in our Reading Room.

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