Monday 17 October 2022

Wait continues for replacement 'GRONI terminals' at PRONI

For at least a couple of months, researchers visiting the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) have been unable to use its Public Search Room's four dedicated 'GRONI' terminals.

The latter are connected directly to the database of the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) and allow family historians to search and view birth, marriage and death records registered as recently as yesterday, unlike researchers using the Internet whose searches over public cyberspace are subject to 100-75-50-year restrictions.

I haven't been able to discover why the existing GRONI terminals are out of service, but replacement machines have been on order for some time.

The latest advice is that the new equipment won't be available until November at the earliest, and more probably December. Whether than includes installation, we will have to wait and see.

In other PRONI news, pre-pandemic opening hours have been re-instated as of today, bar late nights on Thursdays. Hours are now 9:00am–4:45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10am–4:45pm on Thursdays. Details.