The Public Record Office in Belfast holds millions of documents that relate chiefly, but by no means exclusively, to Northern Ireland. They date largely from c.1600 to the present day (with a few dating back as far as the early 13th century). The records held in PRONI fall into two main categories:
PRONI holds public records mainly dating from around the formation of Northern Ireland (1921) to the present day. A small number date back to the 19th and late 18th centuries. The term ‘public record’ generally refers to any document created by ‘official’ sources such as:
•non-departmental public organisations
(courts of law, local authorities, non-departmental public bodies/quangos)
Privately deposited archives:
These range from business records to church registers - a single emigrant letter to a vast landed estate archive containing thousands of items and spanning a 300 year period.
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