Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Irish Records Online

If you are researching your Ancestors from Northern Ireland then you will have come across Proni. It is well worth spending a few hours again looking at what they have online. I spent this afternoon looking through the e-catalogue.
The eCatalogue is a fully search able database containing over one million catalogue entries relating to PRONI’s archives. The e-catalogue is the end result of the electronic catalogue for Northern Ireland (eCATNI) project.
A PRONI archive can range from a single document to many thousands of documents. Each archive has a unique reference number and can be further sub-divided into related areas or topics.
The search facility allows you to find catalogue entries using text, date or PRONI Reference Number searches.
The browse facility allows you to navigate up and down the various levels of a catalogue.
The catalogue entries describe the records held in PRONI. If you want to see the records they relate to firsthand, you will have to visit PRONI.

http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/ecatalogue.htm

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