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Access the records: Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 .
Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The England, Ireland, Prison Registers collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.
This collection will include 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.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924." Index or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924." Index and images. findmypast.ie. www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d. Images provided by FamilySearch International.
Records usually include the following information:
- Name of inmate
- Last Residence
- Place of birth
- Crime committed
- Name of Victim
- Name and address of next of kin
- Marital Status
- Date crime committed
How to Use the Record
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of ancestor
- Place of birth and approximate year of birth
- Last residence
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Using the Information
When you have found the information that you are looking for, the following information will help you in your research:
- 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
If you unable to find your ancestor, the following might be able to help you in your search:
- Search for a nickname. Prisoners may have been registered in prison under a nickname instead of their real name.
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