Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It aims to identify and preserve records of historical, social and cultural importance and make them available for the information, education and enjoyment of the public.
PRONI is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. It collects a wide range of archives from government, public bodies, councils, courts, churches, business records and private sources. PRONI also advises on and promotes best practice in archive and records management to ensure that today's records will be available for future generations.
The records that PRONI holds date largely from c.1600 to the present day (with the oldest dating back to 1219). PRONI is the first place of reference for those tracing their family tree or undertaking research into local history.
PRONI is based in the heart of the Titanic Quarter, adjacent to the Odyssey Complex and the Harland & Wolff cranes. The nearest car parking is the Odyssey car park. Parking charges are listed on the PRONI website. PRONI provides a wifi cafe, a public search room, a public reading room, public lecture rooms and exhibitions.
The PRONI website also offers online users a number of web applications for Wills, Names, Street Directories, Derry City Minute Books, the Ulster Covenant, and Freeholders.
Find My Past records are available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland search room at Titanic Quarter. The acquisition of an annual subscription to the FindMyPast online resources cover not only Ireland and the UK but also contain global information. The records available on the website cover centuries of information and include:
- Birth, Marriage, Death and Parish Registers
- Census, Land and Surveys
- Churches and Religion
- Directories and Social History
- Education and Work
- Institutions and Organisations
- Military, armed Forces and Conflict
- Travel and Migration
- 1939 Register (England and Wales)
In addition to FindMyPast PRONI has also acquired access to the British Newspaper Archive.
Directions to Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
PRONI is approximately 1.5 miles from Belfast City Hall. Cross Queens bridge and keep left, passing the Odyssey Arena on your left. Pass through the junction and Titanic Boulevard is on the left immediately after the Citibank building. PRONI is on the left hand side. If approaching by the M1 Motorway from the west, continue onto the Westlink and then onto the M3 (heading towards Bangor). At junction 1 take the A2 exit to Belfast (the exit for the Odyssey), turn left towards Sydenham Road then take the first right onto Sydenham Road. Turn left onto Titanic Boulevard immediately after the Citibank building and PRONI is on the left hand side. If approaching by the A2 Sydenham bypass from the east, take the exit on the right towards Dee Street. Turn left at Dee Street then at the roundabout take the first exit onto Sydenham Road. After about half a mile turn right into Titanic Boulevard. PRONI is on the left hand side. If approaching from the north by the M2, continue onto the M3 (heading towards bangor). At junction 1 take the A2 exit to Belfast (the exit for the Odyssey), turn left towards Sydenham Road then take the first right onto Sydenham road. Turn left onto Titanic Boulevard immediately after the Citibank building and PRONI is on the left hand side.