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29-10-2019, 12:55   #1
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Preparing for a visit to Dublin

I have a rare opportunity to visit Dublin this Thursday and Friday morning. I plan to visit the Valuation Office, and the National Archives.

From the Valuation Office, there's a good few townlands for which I'd like to get copies of the Valuation books, showing the changes in ownership after G.V. (up to 1901, and beyond).

I may not be able to accomplish all that I want, so I'm trying to be as well-prepared as I can - with a spreadsheet of the {people; townland; dates} for each townland I want to research.

From the National Archives, I'm looking for info on 3 different RIC members who I'm interested in.

Any tips for me regarding either of these visits? What can I do to prepare in advance? What can I do on the day, in order to make as much progress as I can in limited time.
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29-10-2019, 15:03   #2
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The Valuation Archives are just walk in and mostly self-service with most counties computerised now. The only slight issue there is that you might have to wait for a computer if you go at a busy time, which you can't really anticipate. You just print away merrily and then pay for the copies when you're done.

NAI - orders are not dealt with between 13 and 1330 so either get in before then or after. Check there's no closures there on those days. What do you need on the RIC? Lots of that stuff is online now.
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29-10-2019, 15:51   #3
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You can just take pictures in the valuation office of the books or screen if your county is on a computer. Would save a lot of time instead of printing.
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You can but I have found the images not great if you're trying to reproduce on paper later.
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Its a long time since I was in the National Archives for RIC records. I do remember running out of cash for copying, so I'd recommend bringing along several €2 coins.
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30-10-2019, 00:41   #6
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Go to the National Archives first, as some things are off-site and won't arrive till the next day.
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Originally Posted by Earnest View Post
Go to the National Archives first, as some things are off-site and won't arrive till the next day.
Material held off-site can be ordered in advance but it's not clear that the OP is looking for such material in any case.
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30-10-2019, 18:09   #8
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I'm not sure what information on the RIC you are looking for. The amount of information is limited.

The service books are all on; these books record each recruit in order of enlistment so each is numbered sequentially not alphabetically. The microfilms of the service books are available in the Library in Pearse street; you can search for your ancestor's service number in Jim Herlihy's book which includes a complete alphabetical list of RIC men; hopefully it's not a common name like Murphy....

When you have the service number you can request the relevant microfilm - the information is limited to service number, name, age on enlistment, religion, county of birth, county of wife & date of marriage [if married], occupation on enlistment, name of person who recommended the recruit, dates of posting to various counties, list of misdemeanours & rewards [just dates and ref numbers], date of resignation/dismissal/pension... sometimes other brief notes are included.

There's a Facebook page for RIC descendants as well as a website at
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