Document Retrieval

The document retrieval service is for those who know of a specific document or certificate that they want from the archives but are unable to access it themselves.  Roots Revealed can retrieve the document for you. Depending upon copyright restrictions, a copy of the document can be obtained or it can be transcribed.

Documents that have not been digitised and are not available online can be obtained from locations such as the General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI), Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI), the Linenhall Library, the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives and Heritage Libraries throughout Northern Ireland, (including the Newspaper Library in Belfast).

Records that can be obtained at GRONI in person include:

  • Birth Certificates that are less than 100 years old
  • Death Certificates less than 50 years old and
  • Marriage Certificates less than 75 years old

PRONI holds many records that have not been digitised but can be viewed and transcribed or copied during an in-person visit. These include for example:

  • Church records
  • Griffiths Valuation Maps along with Revaluations and associated maps
  • School records
  • Workhouse records
  • Employment records and
  • Estate records such as leases, maps, muster rolls, etc.
Exterior of PRONI
The exterior of PRONI, Belfast
Interior Linenhall Library Belfast
The interior of the Linenhall Library, Belfast

The Newspaper Library in Belfast holds many local newspapers that have not been digitised, as do Heritage Libraries around Northern Ireland. 

The Linenhall Library in Belfast has many books and documents of interest to the genealogist.

Costs for this service are charged at £45 per hour, plus the cost of any certificate or cost for photocopying charged by the organisation in question.  Travel will be charged at 45p per mile and parking will be charged at cost.

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