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Belfast Repositories

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General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI)

Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast

<https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/introduction-groni-and-its-records>

GRONI includes registrations for births,  marriages and deaths for Northern Ireland.   Computerized indexes are available for births and deaths from 1864 and non-Roman Catholic marriages from 1845 (Catholic marriages are available from 1864). Facilities are limited and reservations should be made in advance. There are fees for both searching and obtaining photocopies and certificates. Indexes can be searched 9:30 AM–4:00 PM Monday–Friday.  Research Fee.

 

Linen Hall Library

Linen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

<http://www.linenhall.com/>

The Linen Hall Library is near Belfast City Hall. The library was established in 1788 to improve the mind and excite a spirit of general inquiry. Its collection includes an important Irish collection of more than 20,000 volumes, with a Robert Burns collection and an outstanding newspaper collection. The library is open 9:30 AM–5:30 PM Monday–Friday and 9:30 AM–4 PM Saturday.

Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland

26 College Green, Belfast

<http://www.presbyterianhistoryireland.com/>

.The society was formed in 1907 to promote the knowledge of, and advance public education in, the history of the churches of the Presbyterian Order in Ireland. The library’s collection includes many Presbyterian church registers and sessions minutes—some microfilmed versions are available—but the collection also includes some originals not yet microfilmed. The reading room is open 9:30 AM–1:00 PM  and 1:30 PM-4:30 PM Tuesday–Wednesday; and 9:30 AM–1:00 PM on Thursday.

 

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

2 Titanic Blvd., Titanic Quarter, Belfast

<http://www.proni.gov.uk/>

As the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland, PRONI holds literally millions of documents that relate chiefly, but by no means exclusively, to Northern Ireland. The records cover the period from ca. 1600 to the present day, with a few dating back as far as the early 13th century. Records fall into three general categories: government departments, records of ministries such as Agriculture and Finance; non-departmental public bodies, such as courts of law and local authorities; and private deposits by individuals, churches, businesses and institutions. The vast collection includes tax, and estate records, surviving Church of Ireland registers, Griffith’s Valuation records, Tithe Applotment Books for Northern Ireland, wills, leases, and Valuation Office records for Northern Ireland. The main reading room is open 9 AM–4:45 PM Monday to Wednesday and Friday, and 10 AM–8:45 PM Thursday.

 

Newspaper Library

Newspaper Library

Library Street, Belfast

<http://www.librariesni.org.uk/Services/Heritage/Pages/Newspaper-Library.aspx>

The Newspaper Library in Belfast Central Library houses more than 6,000 volumes of newspapers and hundreds of microfilm reels, including the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News, Ireland Saturday Night and Newsletter, as well as over 60 local weekly papers. It also holds newspapers which have ceased publication including Cityweek, the Northern Whig and Taggart’s Mercantile. The library is open 9 AM-8 PM Monday & Thursday; 9 AM-5:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday; 10 AM-4:30 PM Saturday.

 

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