Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828 – 1912

Irish Petty Sessions GenealogyFindMyPast Ireland has added to their Irish Petty Sessions Collection. This is a very interesting set of records that covers 1828 – 1912. Petty Session records can uncover all sorts of crimes that our ancestors got up to ! As the title says these are petty crimes, but crimes never the less and no doubt were taken very serious locally. As several of my ancestors were known to be a little light fingered a few hundred years ago I have got to know Petty Session records quite well and I can recommend that you run your Irish family names through this collection.

This addition to the collection covers 44 new courts in 19 counties of Irelands, a further 55 courts have beend added to with records from extra years. The new courts are from the following counties –

Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.


  1. I am 78 and just recently, as we get older, I began to think of my family history about which I know so little and I thought I’d see what I could find out and leave for my grandchildren and my first great grand child.
    One of the very first things I found was that either a great grandfather or great great grand father Hugh McQuilkin from the Newtoncunningham area of Co.Donegal in Ireland appears in the Irish Petty Sessions records of 1828-1912.
    Can you tell me how one would find out what that entry is or where to find it.

    • Hi Danny,
      I am pleased you are collecting some family history to hand onto the new generation. I am no expert on Irish genealogy, but I would suggest you run some name searches through and as they both hold a large number of Irish records. Also had a good amount of Irish records. The first two websites are pay to view, but many libraries have computers that you can use free of charge with these websites on them. FamilySearch is free.
      I assume you found the reference to Hugh McQuilkin online and there should be some note that tells you where the original or a digitised image of the original can be found.

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