New Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records Available to Search at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 486,000 RIC service records released online
  • Thousands of new records added to existing collection of RIC histories & directories

Today, December 2nd 2016, over 530,000 Royal Irish Constabulary records have been published online at Findmypast. The release consists of one brand new collection, Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922, and new additions to their existing collection of Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories.

Digitised from original records held by The National Archives, the new Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922 collection contains a wide variety of documents from the series HO 184.Each record includes both an image of the original document and a transcript of the information it recorded.

The collection will allow researchers from all over the world to uncover intimate details of their ancestor’s career with the RIC and consists of over 486,000 records pertaining to the running and administration of the force. This includes;

  • Auxiliary division general registers: nominal rolls that recorded member’s service number, rank, dispersed date, and company name. The registers also include division journals that recorded dates of appointment, promotions, and medical details.
  • Clerical staff: record of service and salaries: lists of clerical staff that include birth date, age at appointment, rank, department and salary.
  • Constabulary Force Funds: correspondence registers of members who paid into the fund with notes on whether they had been pensioned, died or received any rewards from the fund.
  • Constabulary lists: Lists of chief constables created during the first year of the Royal Irish Constabulary.
  • Disbandment registers: Lists of serving members who were with the force in 1922 when it disbanded after the creation of the Free Irish State. They also noted the number of years the constable served and their recommended pension.
  • General registers: Records of constables’ service history. The entries include the individual’s birth date, native county, religion, previous occupation, date of appointment, and promotions, as well as any rewards or punishments received and the date of pension or discharge.
  • Nominal returns, arranged by counties: lists of all serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary organised by county that recorded the individual’s number, rank, name, religion, date of appointment, marital status, and station location.
  • Officers’ registers: lists of Officers that include transfers and dates, favourable and unfavourable records, dates of promotions and details of previous military service.
  • Pensions and gratuities: pension records that reveal the constable’s rate of pay and the amount of pension calculated.
  • Recruits index: Lists of new recruits, their dates of appointment and arrival, and their company.

Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922 also contains a variety of additional documents that record details of the Force’s daily operations. These include correspondences, intelligence notes, programmes of ceremony, constabulary codes and lists of “good men” to name but a few. Over 43,000 additional records have also been added to Findmypast’s existing Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories collection, an archive of publications printed between 1840 and 1921 that provide further insight into the inner workings and history of the organisation.

The publication marks the latest step in Findmypast’s commitment to making Irish family history more accessible. In less than 5 years, Findmypast have made over 110 million records (with 300 million names) available online for the first time.

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