Thursday 15 December 2022

Irish Registry of Deeds Archive joins Digital Repository of Ireland

The Property Registration Authority (PRA), which manages the Registry of Deeds in Dublin and cares for its priceless collection, is the latest new member of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI).

Readers of IrishGenealogyNews will be aware that the Registry of Deeds Archive Services has embarked on a long-term programme of digitisation of its collection, one of Ireland's most precious sources for genealogists.

It includes parchment memorials, Transcription Books, Indexes of townlands and names of grantors, Abstract Books, microfilms and administrative records. In total, the archive holds more than 5million memorials and 17,000 bound volumes. (You can find out more about the collection, which dates to 1708, here.)

Joining the DRI is an important part of this process, as Ellen Murphy, Archive Manager of the PRA, explains: The PRA are delighted to become members of the DRI as we look to scale up our programme of digitisation at the Registry of Deeds in the coming years. Membership of DRI will give us a sustainable, best-practice solution for managing preservation quality digital surrogates, as well as access to experts in the field of digital curation."