Catalogues and Databases

G. O. Manuscripts

G. O. Manuscripts are available on request to patrons with a valid NLI Readers’ Ticket in the Manuscripts Reading Room (2-3 Kildare Street) with the exception of GO Manuscripts 1-188.

Withdrawal of GO Manuscripts 1-188

A condition assessment of the G.O. Manuscript collection was recently undertaken and many manuscripts were found to be in very poor condition with continued access resulting in further damage. Selected manuscripts (GO Mss 1-188) are no longer available for reader consultation and microfilm surrogates are issued in place of the originals.  We are currently piloting a digitisation project for these G.O. Mss volumes. A list of G. O. Manuscripts which can be consulted on microfilm can be downloaded here:

Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research

Genealogical Office documents which were indexed in Richard Hayes, Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation, can now be searched in the online version of that resource which is available at http://sources.nli.ie.

McAnlis - The Consolidated Index to the Records of the Genealogical Office

The Consolidated Index to the Records of the Genealogical Office, compiled by Virginia Wade McAnlis, can now be downloaded below. The National Library wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the History of Family Project, University of Limerick, in the production of this digitised version of the McAnlis List.

Sadlier Collection

Material donated by Randal Sadleir, the son of former Deputy Ulster King of Arms Thomas Ulick Sadleir, is now listed and the catalogue can be found in the Manuscripts Reading Room at GO MS 1000 or downloaded as a pdf file.

Much of this collection relates to T.U. Sadleir's time at the Office of Arms (now the Office of the Chief Herald) from the 1910s to the 1940s, and offers an interesting insight into the operation of the last office to pass from British control to the Irish State.

Roll Pedigrees (for the most part)

For other manuscripts not covered by the finding-aids listed above, please download the following spreadsheet:

Example of Letters Patent signed and sealed by the Chief Herald December 2005
Example of Letters Patent signed and sealed by the Chief Herald December 2005
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