4. Institutions

Courts and Legal

Legal records are a treasure trove of information for family history researchers. These records add colour and life to our ancestor's lives.

Petty Sessions

The Petty Sessions order books (1842-1913) cover all types of cases, from allowing trespass of cattle to being drunk in charge of an ass and cart. When completed this record set will comprise in excess of 15 million cases, with most records giving comprehensive details of the case including: name of complainant, name of defendant, names of witnesses, cause of complaint, details of the judgement, details of a fine if any, and details of a sentence passed down if any.

These records are released a century after creation and will be topped up on an annual basis.

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Prison Registers

Our Irish Prison Registers (1790-1920) collection is compiled from the records housed in the National Archives of Ireland and covers most surviving records for prisons in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. There are over 3 million records, with information on over 3.5 million people. Registers are released a century after their creation.

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