Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How do I trace my Royal Irish Constabulary Ancestor by Ronan Killeen

To prevent confusion this is an e-mail I got from the National Archives...

The information on R.I.C. members is recorded under each individual

member's service number. The service number of any member is obtained

by searching in the surname indexes to the service registers. However,

I regret that, because of the volume of requests for information we

receive, we are unable to devote the time necessary to undertake

searches in the surname indexes to determine service numbers. Unless it

is possible for us to be advised of an R.I.C. member's service number,

we have to request that persons seeking information relating to the

career of a former member of the R.I.C. visit our reading room to

conduct personally any such research.

The National Archives is open to the public between the hours of 10.00

am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday - with the exception of public

holidays. Archives are produced for inspection from 10.00 am to 4.30

pm. Alternatively, a professional researcher may be commissioned to

undertake such research on your behalf and a list of these is available

on our website at:

An index to the R.I.C. records is available by subscription at:

Note that the index is still a work in progress.

R.I.C. website:


Herlihy, J, The Dublin Metropolitan Police - A short history and

genealogical guide

(Dublin, 2001).

----------, The Royal Irish Constabulary - A complete list of officers

and men, 1816-1922, (Dublin, 1999).

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ronan

    You are doing sterling work here in relation to the Royal Irish Constabulary.My Grandfather Sergeant Michael'Joe'Guilfoyle served in Athenry between 1909 and 1921.

    Best wishes

    Michael Guilfoyle


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