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About the records

Legal records, whether criminal or civil are a key source for tracing Irish family history because they record such a huge volume of prisoners, their relatives, and in many cases their victims.

On you'll find:

  • The complete Irish Prison registers from the National Archives of Ireland, detailing over 3.5 million people
  • Over 15.2 million records in the Petty Sessions order books
  • A vast amount of detail on most of those listed including: place of birth, age, address, occupation, physical description, next of kin