Ireland Prison Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 ." Index or Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing "Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924." Index and images. findmypast .ie. : Brightsolid, n.d. Images provided by FamilySearch International.

Record Content

These records usually include the following information:

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  • 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 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

Search the Collection

To search this collection using the index:

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.

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 June 2012), Maria Mcdonald, prison sentence 1899; citing Eneclann. Ireland, Prison Registers. National Archives of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.