What can you find in your County Archives?

What can you find in your County Archives?

A digital guide to Local Authority Archives

You might be surprised at the volume and variety of records relating to your county in your local archives! In this digital presentation, archivist Catherine Wright will describe the collections held in the Wicklow County Archives Service, focusing on collections common to most local authority archives and discuss their usefulness as sources for research. These include Grand Jury records, Boards of Guardians, Town Commissioners and Town and County Councils as well as private family papers and business collections.

Developing communities

County Archives are widely used by local historians, family historians, academics and researchers of varied interests. During this time of commemoration, county council records are invaluable as a tool in understanding the role played by local government in the path to independence and county archivists have played a key role in Decade of Centenary projects. Indeed, the collections of county archives tell the story of the development of communities and the authorities who served them and place this story within the national context.

Digitised collections

Our digitised collections of Grand Jury, Workhouse Registers and Town and County Council records are available to view here

You can access our educational resources here

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