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What can I access online?

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has a programme of digitising significant archives to make them accessible to the public online.

Evacuees leaving Belfast after the April Blitz, 1941. PRONI Ref: CAB/3/A/68
PRONI's electronic Catalogue
(eCatalogue):

Searchable database containing
over one million entries from PRONI's
archives with a browse and
search facility  See the records
firsthand at PRONI, otherwise,
request copies to be sent remotely
Photograph of Carson signing the Covenant, 1912. PRONI Ref: INF/7A/2/47

Ulster Covenant
Searchable database containing
nearly half a million names of
Unionists who signed the 1912
Covenant and Declaration against
the Home Rule Bill
Letter from Jack Andrews (Victoria, Australia) to his cousin Susie Andrews (Bangor, Co. Down), 1920. PRONI ref: D2608/1/A/301

Freeholders' Lists
Pre 1840 lists of voters or those
entitled to vote as freeholders. Contains
address, occupation and religion of
each signee and an image of original
signature                                            
Matier's Belfast Directory 1835-36

Street Directories
1819-1900 volumes of street names.
Useful for locating information prior to
1901 & 1911 census and studying
social and economic aspects
of local history                                
Photograph from the Allison family Collection on Flickr

PRONI Images on Flickr
Images from the Public Record Office
of Northern Ireland (PRONI) archives
are now available on the photo-
sharing website
Derry Archives. Shipquay St picture

Londonderry Corporation
Records:

Minute Books (1673-1901) &
Freemen Records(1675-1945)
containing details of finance,
education and welfare & an index
of the Freemen of the City.
ill of Joseph Smyth of Tamneybrake, Co.Antrim. 1897

Will Calendars:
Index of wills from the District Probate
registries of Armagh, Belfast and
Londonderry between 1858-1943.
Contains digitised images
up to 1900
William Topping 1911,Belfast. Ref D3134/5

Name Search:
Searchable index for

~Pre 1858 wills
~1740 &1766 religious
census returns
~Pre 1920 coroner reports
~1775 dissenters petititons
RUC with sniffer dog 1979 PRONI Ref: INF/7/A/7/84
PRONI Records on CAIN
Digital versions of PRONI records
on  the CAIN (Conflict Archive on
the INternet) website. An online
resource giving public access to records
from the early years of the 'Troubles'
mainly between 1968-1982.
Photograph of Miss Josephine davis ice skating at the Kings Hall, Belfast. 1930's. PRONI Ref:D2334/6/10 Online Guides & Indexes
These guides help you identify
archives you may be interested in and
assists in finding PRONI reference numbers.
Examples include, 'Guide to
Church records' and the
'Newspaper Index'.