New PRONI centre opens in Belfast

By Matt Elton, 30 March 2011 - 7:04am

Family historians tracing Irish connections will now have improved access to records following the launch of the new PRONI building

Wednesday 30 March 2011
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The new centre in Belfast's Titanic Quarter © PRONI

Family historians tracing Irish connections will have improved access to records following the opening of the new Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) centre in Belfast.

The new building, in the city's Titanic Quarter, holds more than 3,000,000 records, together with a public search room, reading rooms and an electronic document-ordering facility. A series of online developments has also been announced, including the release of coroners’ records from the country, dating between 1910 and 1920, and the addition of images from PRONI’s collection of wedding and family photographs to the Flickr picture-sharing website.

“The new building puts the public at the very heart of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland,” says PRONI’s head of public services, Stephen Scarth. “Researchers will be able to enjoy some of the most high-specification facilities in Europe, and family historians in particular will benefit from the provision of completely new scanning equipment, considerably larger public areas, new copying facilities and the addition of further online resources.”

 

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For more about the new PRONI centre, visit the record office's website

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