I spent a wonderful day at PRONI researching my family history.
On the downside....the building is in the middle of absolutely nowhere...very desolate and empty location...I think it's near the titanic museum....but requires a cab ride from the train and once you are there is a limited cafeteria.
On the up side the staff, for the most part are terrific, very helpful, and really seem eagar to make your visit a pleasant experience. I have to say, the security guards are very friendly and helpful in making sure that you know where to go, and helped with little things like getting set up with a locker.
The staff in the archive rooms are very nice. I had help from Andrew and Wesley...both very knowledgable and both went out of their way to make sure that I was making progress with the various machines and very difficult to read records. This is not Ancestry where every thing is typed out neatly. These are old records, some just rescued scraps of old documents , written the original writers handwriting so it really varies in quality. The records are on a tape, like an old film, that you feed though a reader. The records are not in any logical order. You need to do a lot of seaching. I was lucky that i had identified a couple of records on ancestry and noted the record numbers. Ths helped tremendously.
The screens are very awkward and you need to sit with your head craned up to see the screen. Very physically exhausting. A nice touch is that they provide magnifying glasses to help.
All in all a great place and I would highly recommend anyone interested in tracing family history make a point of spending some time there.
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