Ireland Prison Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Prison Registers
Collection years 1790-1924
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Image Visibility

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.

What is in the Collection?

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

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.

Collection Contents

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 the Collection?

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

To search this collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?

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.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Ireland Prison Registers, 1790-1924." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. From "Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924." Database and images. findmypast. : n.d. Citing images provided by FamilySearch International.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924.

Image Citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.