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.
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.