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Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Ranked #49 of 230 things to do in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

i visit this buliding regularly and am really dissappointed at the lack of food or refreshemnst on their late night opening on Thursdays. Many people visit after work and cannot get a quick snack as when the building was on the Balmoral site- please sort this out- it is in the heart of the tourist area but people will stop coming in the evening unless the managment up the customer service

Thank Soph98
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

This new facility is welcoming and its staff very helpful no matter how much, or how little, prior experience you have in researching family records. Good luncheon cafe too.

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Births deaths and marriages is fast efficient and pleasant

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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.

Thank er z
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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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