Friday 24 August 2018

FindMyPast adds Dublin police and prisoners' records

FindMyPast has added two new Dublin collections comprising more than 42,000 records relating to police and prisoners, as follows:

Ireland, Dublin Metropolitan Police Prisoners Books 1905-1908 and 1911-1918

The Dublin Metropolitan Police prisoners books provide insight into social and political life in the Irish capital during periods of great upheaval, including the start of the First World War and the Easter Rising.

Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. The entries are handwritten and include the details of daily charge sheets. Each volume contains an index of prisoners with references to the pages containing details of the charge. The volumes contain a wide range of alleged crimes from murder to breaking glass, and, from 8 August 1914, include a new series of offences following the Defence of the Realm Act. The latter were often used against political activists.

Be sure to read the record-set's description on the landing page, which includes a list of the 24 police stations that generated these records.

Ireland, Dublin Metropolitan Police general register 1837-1925

The Dublin Metropolitan Police's general registers relate to recruitment and transfers within the police force from 1837 to 1925. (The registers continued in use to 1975, but for data protection reasons, only the entries up to 1925 have been digitised.)

The general register recorded both biographical and professional details of the men in the force, including: warrant number, name, age, height, trade or occupation, county, parish, post town, previous public service, by whom recommended, divisions attached to, service details (dates, rank, promotions), good service pay, date and cause of removal from the force, reappointment details, and general observations. From 1858 onwards, religion was added as well.

Some additional background information about this record-set can be found on the collection's landing-page.

NOTE: These registers are available in pdf format and free to download from University College Dublin's Digital Library:
Dublin Metropolitan Police General Register
Dublin Metropolitan Police Prisoners Books