The National Archives, established under the National Archives Act, 1986, is an
amalgamation of the Public Record Office of Ireland (founded 1867) and
the State Paper Office (founded 1702). It preserves records which warrant preservation as
archives, mostly those of central government and the courts.
Also held arecensus returns, land valuation records of the 19^th century, wills and
related papers, .......records of national schools from 1832
onwards, Anglican parish registers, estate collections plus other records essential for
family or local history research.
The National Archivesfacilitates access to these records by members of the public.