I received an email on Wednesday from PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), announcing that their premises at Balmoral Avenue in Belfast have officially closed to the public. PRONI will remain closed until the spring of 2011, when it will reopen at the Titantic Quarter. I'm sure the new facilities will be grand, but the long closure will affect many Irish family historians hoping to conduct research at PRONI. I know a few researchers who have put travel plans on hold, or who have changed itineraries, because of the closure. The PRONI email stated that thier visitor numbers reached an "unprecedented" high over the last few months. I'm not surprised!
A temporary self-service facility will be available to researchers at the Cregagh Library. I have heard that this facility, while a welcome "fix" for those who simply must conduct research in the next few months, is in a rather small space. So, if you are planning to go to Northern Ireland before next summer to research your roots, you might want to ascertain if your desired materials are available at Cregagh, as well as inquire into their hours and location (car parking is available at the library and on surrounding streets).
The Irish Genealogical Project Archive has made major additions to its FREE online database in the past few months. I will list the most recent additions below. If you get the chance, thank the wonderful people who maintain this huge, valuable, volunteer-run Irish genealogy database. If you are new to Irish genealogy, please spend some time browsing their county pages and their archives. If you have been researching your Irish family for what seems like centuries, don't forget to check the IGP every so often to breathe new life into your quest.
IRELAND GENERAL - NEWSPAPER
Assorted Births, Deaths And Marriages from assorted Newspapers -1700's
Creagh Cemetery between Skibbereen and Baltimore in West Cork
DUBLIN - HEADSTONES
Deansgrange Cemetery, North Section Part 2
Deansgrange Cemetery, Plot of the Angels
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Itas Section , pt1
Deansgrange Cemetery, St.Fintan’s Section, Pt. 1
Glencullen Cemetery, Old (around St. Patrick's ruins)
FERMANAGH CHURCH RECORDS
Tubrid Church, Kesh, Co. Fermanagh -Marriages 1801-1904
Ardrahan Graveyard, County Galway
Directory for the Year 1788 (City of Kilkenny)
OFFALY (KINGS) PHOTOS
Parish Church At Boher, Parish
Wicklow Parish Church, (Update)http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/wicklow/photos/tombstones/markers.htm