Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Two million more Irish Petty Sessions Records go live

Another slice of 19th-century life in Ireland (plus a good portion of early 20th-century, too) has been revealed today in FindMyPast Ireland's latest batch of online records from the Irish Petty Sessions Courts.

These records represent one of the greatest untapped resources for Irish genealogists.

The first tranche of the 15 million record set, which relates only to courts in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland, was released back in February (see report). That release consisted of 1.2million records, and was hugely enjoyed by Irish genealogists for the colour it added to their research.

So it is great to have a second batch to play with! This set of entries dates from 1851 to 1910 and consists of more than 2 million cases from counties Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Kilkenny (see the list of counties and courts below). Comprehensive details of each case typically include the names of the complainant, defendant and witnesses, the cause of complaint, the judgement, and details of any fine or sentence.

Another 10 million cases, originally scheduled for release by this summer are to follow throughout 2012.

Brian Donovan of FindMyPast Ireland recently admitted that the Irish Petty Sessions Order Books digitisation programme had been knocked off schedule because there are rather more records than originally expected. (Never mind. We can wait. The more records, the merrier.)

Find out more about the value of this huge record collection, which stretches from 1850 to 1924, on my website's Irish Petty Sessions Courts page.


Courts and years covered by today's release:

County of Court
Court
Year
CARLOW
CARLOW
1910
CARLOW
HACKETSTOWN
1902-03
CARLOW
MYSHALL
1860-69, 1884-1910
CAVAN
BALLINAGH
1852-1910
CAVAN
BAWNBOY
1851-68, 1883-1910
CAVAN
BELTURBET
1851-87
CAVAN
CAVAN
1851-1910
CAVAN
KILLESHANDRA
1862-1910
CAVAN
KINGSCOURT
1882-1901
CAVAN
SWANLINBAR
1877-99
CLARE
BALLYVAUGHAN
1910
CLARE
COROFIN
1910
CLARE
CRUSHEEN
1873-1910
CLARE
ENNIS
1866-1910
CLARE
KILDYSART
1885-86, 1898-99
CLARE
KNOCK
1860-73
CLARE
NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS
1851-1910
CLARE
QUIN
1851-52, 1868-1910
CLARE
SIXMILEBRIDGE
1880-1910
CORK
AGHERN
1904-10
CORK
AHADALLANE
1864-65, 1877-78, 1884-1907
CORK
CASTLETOWNROCHE
1897-1902
CORK
COBH
1851-58
CORK
FERMOY
1891-99, 1910
CORK
KANTURK
1851-1910
CORK
QUEENSTOWN (COBH)
1853-1910
DONEGAL
ARDARA
1865-1910
DONEGAL
DUNFANAGHY
1877-1901
DONEGAL
GLENTIES
1852-1910
DONEGAL
LETTERKENNY
1859, 1871-72, 1878-79
DONEGAL
STRANORLAR
1859-1910
DUBLIN
BALBRIGGAN
1878-87, 1894-96, 1906-10
DUBLIN
LUCAN
1861-76
GALWAY
ARDRAHAN
1851-1910
GALWAY
ATHENRY
1851-66, 1871-91, 1895-1910
GALWAY
BALLINASLOE
1851-53, 1863-66, 1896-1910
GALWAY
BALLYMOE
1891-1910
GALWAY
CASTLETOWN
1860-63, 1866-1910
GALWAY
GORT
1851-1910
GALWAY
GURTEEN
1851-79, 1889-1910
GALWAY
SPIDDAL
1868-71
GALWAY
WILLIAMSTOWN
1851-1910
KERRY
CAHERCIVEEN
1879-1910
KERRY
CAHERDANIEL
1851-58, 1868-76
KERRY
COOLMAGORT
1861-66, 1872-78
KERRY
KILLARNEY
1857-60, 1866-67, 1880-87, 1899-1910
KERRY
VALENTIA
1906-10
KILKENNY
BALLYRAGGET
1858-62, 1885, 1892-99
KILKENNY
GORESBRIDGE
1854-1909
KILKENNY
GOWRAN
1865-67, 1893-1910
KILKENNY
GRACES OLDCASTLE
1856-71, 1881-88, 1894-1910
KILKENNY
KILKENNY
1854-1910
KILKENNY
KILMOGANNY
1891-1910

See the FMP.ie site for a list of ALL the courts and years available in the online collection so far.