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Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Ranked #51 of 235 things to do in Belfast
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

staff are top class, friendly and cant do enough! nice new building althought the car parking facilitie are not as good as the old building.

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"family history"
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"family research"
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"research facility"
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"titantic quarter"
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"state of the art"
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"beautiful building"
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"titanic museum"
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"proni"
in 24 reviews
"ancestors"
in 17 reviews
"archives"
in 9 reviews
"researchers"
in 6 reviews
"microfilm"
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"dissertation"
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"information"
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

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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Reviewed April 26, 2012

The new PRONI building is modern, spacious and attractive. The ordering system is efficient and one is allowed to bring all files ordered (max 5 at a time) to the desk, which is convenient. The prohibition on digital photography, however, is a huge negative for those on short research trips. The digital copying system is prohibitively expensive unless you are copying a very small number of document and is extremely awkward to use. Further, there is only one self-service copying machine.

Thank brhughes
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Your map is incorrect. The PRO is now in the Titanic Quarter. Updated and very professional

Thank J0anMD
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

The PRONI has moved to the Titanic Quarter - don't be fooled by the map or the Balmoral Avenue address. The new purpose-built block is attractive and seems efficient in delivering documents requested from storage. I was surprised to find there is NO parking onsite (except for 2 spaces for the handicapped). A five-minute walk to the nearest car park, with papers, in wind and rain is not enjoyable. Who designs a public building without parking?!

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