Thursday, 2 April 2009

PRONI launches new name search database

Once again the Public Records Office for Northern Ireland ( is blazing a trail in Irish online records access - here's their latest release:

The new PRONI Name Search database allows you to search pre-1858 will indexes online.

The first set of indexes to appear in Name Search are:

- the index to pre-1858 wills which are to be found in various collections in PRONI

- a selection of diocesan will indexes

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is committed to making its archives more widely available. While PRONI's eCatalogue has made access to PRONI’s archives easier and speedier, in most instances it does not provide information on the actual content of the archives. PRONI has therefore embarked on a project to improve access to content by producing or reproducing indexes to some of the most popular records.

This project is PRONI’s Public Service Agreement commitment in the Programme for Government for the next 3 years from 2008 to 2011.

Forthcoming indexes will include the surviving fragments of the 1740 and the 1766 religious census returns.

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