A further 2.5 million Irish Petty Sessions court registers dating from 1851-1913 have been made available online.
The Irish family history website findmypast.ie has made an additional 2.5 million court records available to search online in its Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 record set, which exposes the petty crimes Ireland’s residents committed and how they were punished.
This new batch features 52 new courts in 15 counties in the Republic of Ireland. A further seven courts have been supplemented with records from additional years. This brings the total Petty Sessions Court Registers on findmypast.ie to over 15 million and the overall Irish family history records on the site to over 70 million.
Notable additions this time include a significant expansion to the records available for Counties Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath and Limerick. County Donegal also benefits from the addition of four new courts dating from as early as 1851, which should prove a real boon to family historians with ancestors from that county.
The variety of cases heard gives a real flavour of life in Ireland at the time. Runaway servants, shebeens and trespassing livestock are just a taste of the misdemeanors that can be found among the millions of registers.
Cliona Weldon, General Manager of findmypast.ie, says: “The records of the Petty Sessions courts are endlessly fascinating, and that is why we continue to top up this resource with more great family history records. It is always interesting to find out what your forefathers did to find themselves in front of a magistrate!”
New courts have been added to the following counties: Galway (9), Roscommon (8), Westmeath (7), Limerick (7), Donegal (4), Waterford (4), Tipperary (2), Cork (2), Carlow (2), Kilkenny (2), Mayo (1), Meath (1), Sligo (1), Wexford (1) and Wicklow (1).
This collection is also accessible on all findmypast international sites through a World subscription.