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The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive 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.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
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  • 2 Titanic Boulevard
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT3 9HQ

Top Reasons To Visit

  • PRONI holds a diverse range of archives
  • Trace your family tree
  • Research local history
  • Exhibitions and talks
  • Free admission
  • 'Find My Past' Records

    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.

East Belfast and the Blitz

Tue, 06 Aug 2019, 1:00pm

As part of the Eastside Arts Festival, PRONI are delighted to welcome Nigel Henderson on 6 August 2019.

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Women in the Archives

Wed, 07 Aug 2019, 1:00pm

As part of the Eastside Arts Festival, PRONI is delighted to host a joint presentation by Lynsey Gillespie and Jason Bourke on 7 August 2019.

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The “Wee Yard” and the Great War

Thu, 08 Aug 2019, 1:00pm

As part of the Eastside Arts Festival, PRONI is delighted to welcome Nigel Henderson to talk about the Workman Clark shipyard during the First World War.

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An ‘Olympic’ Challenge: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic

Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 7:30pm

Author and historian, Mark Chirnside will give a presentation on the three iconic Olympic Class Ships at PRONI on 9 September at 7:30pm.

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80 years on: Northern Ireland in the Second World War

Tue, 10 Sep 2019, 10:30am

PRONI would like to invite you to a conference to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

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International History Conference: Sport and Education in Ireland and Britain

Fri, 27 Sep 2019, 9:30am

PRONI is delighted to welcome a conference organised by Dr Conor Curran, the British Society of Sports History and the Irish Research Council.

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History of Belfast City Cemetery

Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 1:00pm

Tom Hartley, will talk about the history of Belfast City Cemetery which opened on the 1 August 1869 as a cross denominational burial ground.

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The Archaeology of Armageddon: Cold War heritage in Northern Ireland

Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 1:00pm

Dr James O’Neill will unearth archaeological resources and uncover records that demonstrate how the Cold War impacted upon Northern Ireland

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