Wednesday 31 May 2017

Recent PRONI cataloguing and records digitisation

I'm looking forward to attending my first PRONI ( user forum meeting in Belfast on Friday, having missed the last couple of meetings. I've just received the minutes form the last meeting, and thought it would be worth sharing the news on recent cataloguing and digitisation initatives at the archive:

Church records to be digitised:

Dromore Cathedral – four registers, the earliest of which is a combined register dating from 1784-1816. [Also individual birth, marriage and burial register dating from 1816 up to 1845/1853]. PRONI already holds copies of the registers on mmicrofilm but the quality of the reels has deteriorated over the years.

St George’s Parish Church – 4 baptism registers dating from 1817-1880.

St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Donegall Pass, has deposited 3 registers with PRONI dating from 1847-1871, vestry minutes and a register of vestry men with us.

St Aidan’s Parish Church, Blythe Street, deposited marriage registers for Christ Church dating from 1855-1875.

St Andrew’s marriage register (1870-1889) and three workhouse baptismal registers dating from 1886-1903; 1903-1922 and 1922-1933.

St Luke’s Parish Church, Mullaglass – 3 registers dating from 1852-1880, a minute book and a register of vestry men dating from 1870.

NB: These records will be digitised for consultation at PRONI only, not for any form of online release.

Recent cataloguing:

D4631 – The most sizeable accession was a large collection (over 100 PRONI boxes) from the Hearth Housing Association. The collection comprises bills of quantities, architectural drawings, correspondence, funding applications and reports in relation to conservation projects undertaken on buildings of historic importance (1978-2014).

D4633 – the Northern Ireland’s Women’s Football Association [minutes of AGMs, League and Committee meetings; fixtures; correspondence; player’s registration forms; rules; programmes; newsletters and newspaper cuttings. The papers range in date from c. 1979-1992 and comprise c. 1000 documents within 10 folders].

D4634 – the Northern Ireland Photographic Association deposited 50 prize winning prints and digital copies of the same.

D4523 – the Brabazon Sharpe family of Galway and Mayo. The papers date from the early 1700s up until the mid-19th century. The collection includes the papers of Sir William Brabazon, 2nd Baronet of New Park (later Brabazon Park), Swinford, Co. Galway (1803-1840). Sir William was High Sheriff of Co. Mayo (1825-1827), a Justice of the Peace and an M.P. from 1835 until his death. He was a prominent individual in Irish public life, his wide-ranging correspondence touches on aspects of local administration as well as finance, family matters and estate management.

I'll update you all as to the more recent developments at PRONI this weekend.

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon at PRONI)


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