Friday, December 3, 2010

NI: Minister Launches New Online Genealogy Resource

Source: Northern Ireland Executive, Publ. 30 Nov., 2010

Approximately 100,000 images of probated wills have been made available online for the first time. The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has reached the culmination of a project to index and digitize early wills from the three District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry between the years
1858 and 1900. Internet access to these records will be free of charge and will be of
special interest of the many people interested in their family histories from outside
the UK.

Future digitization plans include the additon of further pre-1858 will indexes to the Proni Name Search facility. These indexes from Northern Ireland dioceses, will list
the names of people who had wills probated as early as the 17th century - pushing the
possibility of family and local history further back in time. (Bill's remarks below)

I really hope that the Armagh diocese includes Clogher as well.


Bob said...

That is great news Bill. Keep up the great work your doing.

Peter Gurry said...

This is very interesting Bill. Excellent work.