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Yes Kate, Monica is correct. This is indeed a coup for those of us who are descended from Roman Catholic parishioners of the twenty six counties, as most of the records (some dating back to the twelfth century) at the The Public Record Office in Dublin were destroyed by a two-day bombardment, an explosion and fire that ravaged the building. Apart from a few fragments, the Irish Censuses of 1821, 1831, 1841, and 1851 were burned. So, too, were just over half of all the Anglican Church of Ireland registers deposited there following the dis-establishment of the state church in 1869. In addition, the majority of wills and testamentary records that had been proved in Ireland were reduced to ashes. All pre-1900 documents from the legal courts were lost, as were local government records for the same period. Nearly all export and trade records from the 18th to early 20th century also perished, as did Wills (although transcripts of many testamentary records survive) As well as destroying many irreplaceable genealogical records in the Public Records Office, the records from the six counties of Ulster were sent to London after The Government of Ireland Act in 1920 was signed. The British records all intact! Brian Cunningham .
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