Friday, 6 January 2017

FindmyPast completes Irish petty sessions court registers

Following on from the release of a further 900,000 more dog license register records from Ireland last week, FindmyPast has now completed the Petty Session Court Registers collection for the country, with the addition of 227,000 more records. A list of courts records previously available in the collection is available at but I have absolutely no idea what is in the update, as FindmyPast has not actually indicated what court records have been added. Their blog merely states the following:

Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers

Over 227,700 new records have been added to complete our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings in Ireland. Now the largest collection of Irish court & prison records available anywhere online, there over 22.8 million records in the collection. They include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence...

...before going into a general description of the records. It is great that these are online, but would it honestly hurt to actually inform us about what is actually new, other than the total of names included?

Other collections released today include:
  • Dorset Memorial Inscriptions
  • Warwickshire Burials
  • Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions
  • Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Congregational Records

Details - such as they are! - are at


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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