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From: Mary Ellen Chambers <>
Subject: Re: [IRELAND] UPDATE: Access to Records NationalArchives/Relocation of the GRO, Dublin & Other Dublin Research Tips
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 16:34:05 -0800 (PST)
Besides census, Griffiths, Tithe Applotments, and Tenent Records, what else would the Archives in Dublin have that one could not get on a local county level? Correct me if I am wrong but I was told by people at the Castlebar, Mayo County Library, that the various County Libraries have county specific data which is the same as at the National Archives in Dublin. This is true also for the GRO data, county specific which is at the particular county register office.
I know that when I have been at Castlebar, I have had access to Griffiths, census and other such data. The staff is very helpful. This is true for County Clare and County Waterford too.
My suggestion would be to check out the particular county library on line. If it has the data it is much easier to access at that location then to find parking or get the correct bus or pay cab far in Dublin.
"Jean R." <> wrote:
ADDED NOTE: Per Margaret -- I have just received this response from the
National Archives to my
complaint about not being able to see documents ordered as they are
not now delivered to Bishops St. from the Four Courts on a daily
"There is a particular difficulty at the moment about our access to
the National Archives Four Courts building. This building is located
within the Four Courts complex and is surrounded by Courts and court
offices. The Courts Service administration recently put in place new
security arrangements which severely restrict our access within the
complex. This building was the original building of the Public
Record Office of Ireland, and when our headquarters moved to Bishop
Street in 1992, we retained all of the storage part of the building
because Bishop Street was not large enough. Approximately one-third
of our documents are held in the Four Courts.
We are currently engaged in discussions with the Courts Service in
order to come to an agreement which will allow us to resume daily
productions of documents. We are hopeful that this will be achieved
in the near future as it causes serious inconvenience to our readers."
Would suggest anyone planning a trip who wants to look at old
documents contacts the National Archives in advance. There is no
problem with information on film eg censuses, Griffiths.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jean R."
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 9:26 AM
Subject: [IRELAND] Relocation of the GRO, Dublin & Other Dublin Research
> Note from Drumkeeran (Co. Leitrim) Yahoo e-mail list with valuable
> information which I have been given permission to share:
> "Hi everyone,
> I have just spent a few days in Dublin and found that the General Register
> Office has recently moved from Lombard St. to Lower Abbey St. It is on the
> 3rd floor of Block 7 - this is to the left of the Irish Life Building. [On
> the right of the Irish Life building in theValuation Office where the land
> records are held.]Thought this might stop people making the walk to
> St. only to find the GRO was not there anymore - like I did!
> The procedure is much the same but now, once you have paid, you help
> yourself to the birth, marriage and death books from open shelves. This
> makes everything so much faster for carrying out your research.
> I also visited the National Archives - here some of the documents are held
> off site and last year they were available for viewing the following day.
> present there seems to be some dispute and they are only collected once a
> week, on a Friday. This meant I couldn't view the education documents I
> wanted to see - I will have to order them in advance of my next visit.
> are some education documents on site but most at at the Four Courts.
> I did find reference to my great grandfather, Andrew Cassidy's will in
> at the National Archives which I have ordered a copy to be sent to me.
> Hope this information helps anyone who is planning a trip to Dublin."
> Margaret Carroll
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