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Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers, 1828-1912
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Ireland
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St. Patrick's Saltire (1783-1801)
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Location of Ireland
Record Description
Record Type Petty Sessions Court Registers
Collection years 1828-1912
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The National Archives of Ireland


What is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes court records from 1828 to 1912 for minor criminal and civil cases. The law court was called Petty Sessions Court, and these are the registers for those cases. Even dog registration was handled by this court.

This collection was originally captured by the National Archives of Ireland, and the index was created by findmypast.com.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these court records:

  • Individual’s Name
  • Date and county of court order
  • Individual's Role (complainant, defendant, or witness)
  • Other court details

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Court orders usually identify the county. Search this county to find other local records, such as census records and parish registers, that may contain your ancestor
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ireland.

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