Previous to the establishment of the Irish Public Records Office (PRO), by an 1867 statute (30 & 31 Vict., c. 70), Ireland's public records were located in a variety of repositories throughout the country. Many of the records were perilously stored in unsuitable conditions, and on the opening of the PRO, records were progressively transferred to the new repository, for safe keeping. Each year, between 1869 and 1920 (and less frequently thereafter), the Office published an annual report, known as the Deputy Keeper's Report, which detailed the records received, and the work undertaken, during the previous twelve months. Though little known, these reports can contain useful source material for the historical researcher. Although the reports were usually brief, they often contained copious appendices, which can be especially useful. This is particularly the case, bearing in mind the destruction of the PRO during the Irish Civil War, so the Deputy Keeper's reports now often represent the only record of lost primary source material.
This 5th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland was published in 1873. Much of the report is concerned with the status of transfers and classification of various records. Tables are included detailing the numbers of pieces "received and deposited" in the Record Treasury of the office of Public Records. This is followed by two larger scale layouts covering the State of the Bays in the Record Treasury. The appendices of the 5th report cover the following items:
· Extract from the Report of John Overend on the Records of the Courts of Queen's Bench removed from the Dome of the Four Courts
· Reports from the Ulster Keeper of the State Papers
· Extract from the report on the records of the Palatinate of Tipperary
· Resolution of Dean and Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, to place their records in the Public Record Office.
· Circular to District Registrars of Court of Probate
· Correspondence as to records at Cloyne
· Letters as to a series of specimens of National Manuscripts relating to Ireland.
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This 6th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland was published in 1874. Much of the report is concerned with the status of transfers and classification of various records, and the discovery of several bundles of records in the cavity between the floor and the dome of the Four Courts. Tables are included detailing the numbers of pieces "removed and deposited" in the Record Treasury of the office of Public Records. The appendices of the 6th report cover the following items:
· Extract from the report on the residue of records removed from the offices of the late Right Hon. Edward Litton, M.C.
· List of Chancery Bills and Answers found out of place
· Extract from the report on the arrangement of the records of the Court of Common Pleas, removed from the vaults of that Court
· Extracts from the report of the records of the Palatinate of Tipperary
· Extracts from the report on the Records of former Writ, Appearance and Seal Office of the Court of Queen's Bench
· Report regarding the "Facsimiles of National MSS of Ireland".
This 11th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland was published in 1879. Much of the report is concerned with the status of transfers and classification of various records. Tables are included detailing the schedule of Church of Ireland Parishes and Parochial records deposited and "now consultable at the Public Record Office". This list is doubly important because it provides a record of what was lost in 1922. The appendices of the 11th report cover the following items:
· Report of the Keeper of State Papers
· Correspondence as to Inventions-Patents
· Calendar of Fiants of Reign of Queen Elizabeth 1558-1570
This calendar of Fiants, represents one of the most important government records of this time detailing state appointments, leases of crown land, pardons and much of the administration of the state.
This 16th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland was published in 1884. Much of the report is concerned with the status of transfers and classification of various records. Tables are included detailing transfer of records from various locations to the Public Record Office. The appendices of the 16th report cover the following items:
· Calendar of Fiants of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth 1586-95
· Tables of Local Distribution of Parochial Records.
This table of Church of Ireland parish records is important, as a guide to what was lost in 1922. The calendar of Fiants is one of the most important state records for people in the 16th century, and this portion is abundent in pardons, state appointments, etc.
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This publication is a reproduction of the successful series The Irish Ancestor, which was published from 1969 to 1986. The aim of the journal, which was produced on a non-profit making basis, was the collection and publication of original source material and other items of interest concerning Irish genealogy, biography and domestic history.
The Irish Ancestor was predominantly published twice yearly, in spring and autumn. Plus in several of the earlier years a supplemental edition was produced. For example in 1969 as well as the usual two issues, a third volume, An Index to Raphoe Marriage Licence Bonds, 1710-1755 and 1817-1830, was also published.
Articles contributed to the main volumes varied from Christian Names in Ireland by Brian de Breffny (1969 Vol. I No. 1) to Some Irish Weddings in Nova Scotia 1834-1840 by Terrence M. Punch (1976 Vol. VIII No. 2) to Tombstones in Killbride Graveyard, Callan Parish, Co. Kilkenny, edited by Joseph Kennedy (1986 Vol. XVIII No. 1).
This publication is in an easy to use PDF format making each volume effortlessly accessible and each page is reproduced in its original format. Through the Table of Contents you can browse the publication or simply jump straight to the article you want. The journals have also been fully indexed allowing users to search for the names and places they are interested in throughout.
In total there are::
33 issues over 18 years
Over 2,500 pages
Over 320 pages with images or photographs
These journals have long been an essential tool for Irish genealogical and historical reserach. Now in CD-ROM format, this publication is a must for all Irish genealogists and social historians.
The Official Organ of the Irish Genealogical Research Society was first published in April 1937. This publication covers from that very first issue up to Volume 8 in 1993. The Irish Genealogist, through many of its articles, allowed researchers gain access to material that in many cases was held in private collections, was otherwise inaccessible or lost, particularly following the fire in the Public Records Office in 1922.
Covering such diverse topics as family registers, abstracts of Diocesan Wills, monumental inscriptions, many important family genealogies, guides for those wishing to do their own genealogical research, as well as Ken Nicholls standard setting work on the Kavanaghs (1400 1700). These and much more are covered in over 5,000 pages of invaluable material, compiled in an easy to use and search format, using scans of the original volumes.
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