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Ireland
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Location of Ireland
Record Description
Record Type Prison Registers
Collection years 1790-1924
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1790 to 1924.

This is a compilation of prison records from collections held in the National Archives of Ireland. Most of the surviving prison records from the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are included in this collection. This project was done in cooperation with www.findmypast.ie.

For a full list of prisons in Ireland and their dates of operation, see the article on the findmypast website, Irish Prison registers 1790-1924.

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

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Prison registers usually include the following information:

  • Name of inmate
  • Last Residence
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Crime committed
  • Name of Victim
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Marital Status
  • Date crime committed

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of birth and approximate year of birth
  • Last residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

  • The age of the ancestor can be calculated for a birth year
  • The place at the time of imprisonment may be your ancestors residence if he is found on a census
  • If the registrant wrote down where he or she was born, use that information to search in the civil registration records for the parents

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Search for a nickname. Prisoners may have been registered in prison under a nickname instead of their real name

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ireland.

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