Ireland Prison Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Prison Registers
Collection years 1790-1924
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1790 to 1924.

This is a compilation of prison records from collections held in the National Archives of Ireland. Most of the surviving prison records from the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are included in this collection. This project was done in cooperation with www.findmypast.ie.

For a full list of prisons in Ireland and their dates of operation, see the article on the findmypast website, Irish Prison registers 1790-1924.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Collection Content

Prison registers usually include the following information:

  • Name of inmate
  • Last Residence
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Crime committed
  • Name of Victim
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Marital Status
  • Date crime committed

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of birth and approximate year of birth
  • Last residence

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • The age of the ancestor can be calculated for a birth year
  • The place at the time of imprisonment may be your ancestors residence if he is found on a census
  • If the registrant wrote down where he or she was born, use that information to search in the civil registration records for the parents

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?

  • Search for a nickname. Prisoners may have been registered in prison under a nickname instead of their real name

Record Finder

Consult the Ireland Record Finder Table to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
Ireland Prison Registers, 1790-1924 Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924." Database and images. findmypast. http://www.findmypast.com : n.d. Citing images provided by FamilySearch International.
Record Citation:
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