Thursday 10 December 2015

Family history is still top draw for PRONI visitors
Click cover to download Digest
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has published the Digest of Statistics/Annual Report 2014-15 for the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

It shows that the majority (84%) of new visitors to the archive in Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, cited family history as the main reason for their visit, down just slightly on the previous (record) year. Almost a half (48%) of these new visitors came from outside Northern Ireland, and the percentage who gave their place of origin as Canada or Australia/NewZealand (9% and 7% respectively) rose slightly.

In total, there were 20,398 visitors to PRONI in 2014/15, almost exactly the same as the year before.

The website was busy, of course, and coped with more than 11million visits, down from 14.5million in the previous year; Will Calendars remained the most popular online collection.

In second place were the Griffith's Valuation Revision/Cancelled Books.

You can find out more by downloading the Digest here (pdf 2.9Mb).