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Finding Aids For Family History Research in County Donegal

3rd edition

Updated January 2006

 

CONTENTS (click on links to go to particular sections within this document)

                                                                                                     

PART A - SOURCES IN CENTRAL LIBRARY                               

 

A 1 Census Records and Substitutes For C17, C18 and C19 

 

A 2 Land Records  

PART B - SOURCES IN OTHER CENTRES IN COUNTY DONEGAL, INCL DONEGAL COUNTY ARCHIVES

 

B 1 Other Primary Sources In Donegal County Archives

 

B 2 Church Records in Donegal Ancestry                 

                                                                                                 

PART C - GETTING STARTED 

                                          

C 1 Books for Beginners

     

C 2 Family History By Town and Parish

 

C 3 Individual Family History Collection

                                                                                                         

C 4 Useful Websites

 

 

Part A: Sources in Central Library

 

Your chances of success in tracing ancestors will greatly depend on the amount of information you have to begin with. It is advisable to talk to as many older members of your family as you can to glean what information they have, even if they themselves might not regard what they know as very much.  You should also check any documentation, including family Bibles and old family letters, which may contain relevant information.  Every snippet of information can be checked against the sources later, although in many cases family lore may take you back further than the sources listed below. 

 

If you live outside Ireland it is wise to consult, as well as family lore, all records that might have a reference to the ancestor(s) in question; immigration records, passenger lists, naturalisation records, civil and church records, military records, convict transportation records (for Australia).  Knowing the birthplace of the ancestor being researched – the townland or even the parish – will often make all the difference between a successful and unsuccessful search.

 

Please note that many of the sources most often referred to in books on genealogy, including the older sources listed below, will be of little use to the majority of people searching for their ancestors.  This is because usually only prominent landowners were listed. The vast bulk of printed and MSS information on genealogy and family history contained in the principal repositories in Ireland refers to a fairly small group of families.  Ironically these are usually people who need such information least, as their own genealogies are documented in their family legal papers.

 

The following major sources are available in the Central Library:

 

A 1. Census Records and Census Substitutes

 

1901 and 1911 Census

Because of the destruction of the Four Courts building during the Civil War, the earliest surviving complete records are for the censuses taken in 1901 and 1911.  We hold microfilm copies of both the 1901 and 1911 Census returns for the County, [originals in the National Archives].  These lists all those present in the household on the night of the census (31st March 1901, and on a range of dates from January to May 1911), their relationship to the householder, religion, occupation, age and other personal details.  The returns are arranged by District Electoral Division and townland.   *Microfilm

 

Other records in this category can be classed as census substitutes.

 

Muster Rolls

Dating from1630, this is the oldest census substitute record we hold.  It is a list of able-bodied men able to fight, if needed, for the Crown, listed by barony and ‘undertaker’.  It is reprinted in Donegal Annual Vol. 10 (2). 1972. pp 130-149, from the BM Add.  MS 4770  manuscript.

 

Civil Survey

This is a record of land ownership compiled between 1654 and 1656.  The Civil Survey for Donegal is printed, along with those for Derry and Tyrone, in a monograph published in 1937. [The Civil survey A.D. 1654-1656. Dublin: Stationery Officer, 1937].

 

Pender’s ‘Census’

This is a similar record, laid out by barony and townland, listing persons with title to land, the numbers of Irish and English, and principal Irish names (a valuable list).  It takes its name from Seamus Pender, who edited it, but it was compiled in 1659 by William Petty.  [Seamus Pender. A Census of Ireland circa 1659. Dublin: Stationery Officer, 1939].

 

Pynnar’s Survey

This is, like Pender’s Census, a survey of the native Irish tenants remaining on forfeited lands, and is contained in The Plantation in Ulster by George Hill. Belfast: M’Caw, Stevenson & Orr, 1877.  621p.

 

Hearth Money Rolls

These list the names of householders who were eligible to pay the Hearth Tax, and were compiled in 1665.  Ours is an indexed photocopy, from the PRONI T. 307/C manuscript.

 

Wills

Abstract of Wills in the Registry of Deeds

Volume 1  1708 - 1745

Volume 2  1746 - 1785

Volume 3  1785 - 1832.

  

Freeholders

This is a bound typescript of the owners of freeholds in Donegal, registered between 1760 and 1769.  The original manuscripts were found in the basement of Lifford Courthouse in 1933 and sent to the National Library.

 

Raphoe Marriage Registers

This is a photocopy of some 18th century Catholic marriages in the Protestant registers of the Diocese of Raphoe.

 

Protestant householders

A list of Protestant householders in the parish of Leck in 1766 is reprinted in Lecky’s The Laggan and its Presbyterianism (1905).  This also lists Hearth Money Rolls for East Donegal [1665], tenants on the Abercorn estate, and householders in St. Johnston, both 1794.

 

Parish of Culdaff

This is a photocopy of a List of persons in the Parish of Culdaff, March 8th, 1782.

 

Spinning-wheel premium lists/the “Flax List”

This is a photocopy of those persons in Donegal to whom a premium was paid in 1796, in connection with the spinning of flax.

 

 

These are lists of landholders, originally compiled as the basis for compulsory payments to the local rector, on behalf of the Church of Ireland, (the established church). We hold the Tithe Applotment books for the parishes of Aghaninshin (1834), Aughnish (1830), Burt (183-); Desertegney (183-) and Donegal (183-).  That for Mevagh (1827) is reprinted in Leslie Lucas’s Mevagh down the years Belfast: Appletree Press, 1982. [originals in the National Archives].  *Microfilm

 

Other Photocopied Material

‘Donegal remembers World War I dead’ (a list of men from the County  who fought and died in World War I).

A List of families in the Parish of Conwal 1878 / compiled by W. Craig.

Old Letterkenny families / compiled by Sam Fleming.

Murlog Church baptisms 1773-1777.

St. Eunan’s Letterkenny: List of Marriage Lines 1857.

Protestant householders in the parish of Templecrone 1799

List of High Sheriffs of County Donegal 1702-1921

List of tenants on William Connolly’s estate 1718-1726 (Donegal Annual 1981) 

 

A 2. Land Records

 

Griffith’s Primary Valuation

 

This – the first standard valuation of all real property in Ireland – lists householders and lessors by townland, parish, poor law union, and barony.  We hold a full set for Donegal, in volumes arranged by barony.  Although the publication dates for County Donegal are stated to be 1857-58, there is strong evidence to suggest that the valuation was carried out up to a decade earlier.  It is known, for instance, that some persons listed as being present in 1857-58 had died in the Famine.  The maps relating to Griffith’s Valuation are in the Valuation Office, Dublin. Entries for all the Donegal Unions are in book form.  The entries for the rest of Ireland are on *Microfiche.

 

Genealogical and family history information is also to be found in some monographs e.g. Amy Isabel Young’s Three hundred years in Inishowen Belfast: McCann, Stevenson & Orr, 1929, Charlie Conaghan’s History and antiquities of Killybegs Ballyshannon, 1975, and in many local community publications. 

 

Hamilton Estate Rentals (Fintown) 1818-1849 (microfilm)

List of tenants in the townlands of Ballydermott, Ballydavitt, Ballinamore, and Magherybeg comprising the Hamilton estate; acreage rented, rents and arrears.  *Microfilm

On the same microfilm:

Manorvaughan and Dutton Estate records of the Third Earl of Leitrim for the year 1836.

Includes such townlands as Cooladerry, Rinmore, Magheradrummond, Fanavolty, Rosapenna, Ba;;ynabrocky, Ballyvehill.  Names of tenants, population statistics, land valuation, annual rents, some of the Earl’s observations about his tenants.

 

 A 3. Other Sources in Central Library

 

Royal Irish Constabulary index 1816-1922 (microfiche)

 

An alphabetised listing of men who joined the RIC between 1816 until its disbandment in 1922.

Name; age; married or single; native county; year of enlistment; whether emigrated and to where.  *Microfiche

 

Passenger Lists

 

We hold a number of published passenger lists (mainly for vessels leaving Derry Port) and of US immigration lists.  The earliest records date from 1735.  They include:

 

Donegal passengers on the Assisted Passenger Lists from Plymouth, England to Sydney Australia 1848-1868 compiled by Richard Reid.

 

Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 by Frances McDonnell.

Passengers from Ireland: lists of passengers arriving at American ports between 1811 and 1817 / by Donald M. Schlegel.

 

Irish passenger lists 1847-1871: lists of passengers sailing from Londonderry to America on ships of the J & J. Cooke Line and the McCorkell Line / complied by Brian Mitchell.

 

Passenger list of the ‘Invercargill’ which sailed to New Zealand 1878 (65 passengers from County Donegal [photocopy].

 

Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania 1682-1750

 

The Famine Immigrants, listing Irish immigrants arriving at the Port of New York [7 volumes]

 

Volume 1:             Jan 1846           –            June 1847

Volume 2:             July 1847          –             June 1848

Volume 3:             July 1848          –            March 1849

Volume 4:             April 1849         –            Sept 1849

Volume 5:             Oct 1849          –             May 1850

Volume 6:             June 1850         –            March 1851

Volume 7:             April 1851         –            Dec 1851

 

The Search for Missing Friends: Irish immigrant advertisements placed in the Boston Pilot [8 volumes]

 

Volume 1:             1831     –            1850

Volume 2:             1851     –            1853

Volume 3:             1854     –            1856

Volume 4:             1857     –            1860

Volume 5:             1861     –            1865

Volume 6:             1866     –            1870

Volume 7:             1871     –            1876

Volume 8:             1877     –            1920.

 

Parish Registers available in Central Library

 

We have Church of Ireland parish registers for Inver, Mountcharles, Killaghtee and Killybegs, all in the South of the County.  The Inver records (Baptisms and Marriages) begin in 1805, Killybegs Baptisms in 1809 and Marriages in 1838, Killaghtee Marriages begin in 1857 and baptisms in 1873, and Mountcharles Marriages in 1861 and Baptisms in 1877.

 *Microfilm.  No printouts 

 

Index to parish records of:-

Years available

First Letterkenny Presbyterian Church

1845-1899

Gortlee (Letterkenny) Reformed Presbyterian Church

1872-1898

Letterkenny Second Presbyterian Church

1821-1858

Letterkenny Third Presbyterian Church

1841-1899

Milford Presbyterian Church

1838-1899

Rathmullan Presbyterian Church

1845-1899

Fanad Presbyterian Church

1827-1899

 

Gravestone Inscriptions

 

Typescript records of gravestone inscriptions for the following graveyards, some include maps:

 

Aughaninshin                                 

Balleeghan                                     

Bruckless                                      

Clonleigh                                                                                  

Old Inver                                     

Church of Ireland, Inver                

Old Killaghtee                     

Church of Ireland, Killaghtee

St. Catherine’s, Killybegs 

Kilmacrennan

Kilmonaster

Leck

Gartan

St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe

Raymoghy

Tullaghobegley

Tullyaughnish

 

A number of gravestone inscriptions have been published:

 

Assaroe Abbey

in Ó Gallachair, Pádraig. ‘Assaroe Cemetery’ Donegal Annual Vol. 3 (3). 1957. pp81-107.

 

Ballyshannon, Church of Ireland

in Begley, Anthony. ‘Graveyard inscriptions at St. Anne’s Church of Ireland, Ballyshannon’. Donegal Annual Vol 12 (2). 1978. pp320-358.

 

Carne, Pettigo

in Ó Gallachair, Pádraig, Slevin, P., and Cunningham, John ‘Carne graveyard, Pettigo, Co. Donegal’ Donegal Annual Vol. 41, 1989.  pp135-156.

 

Finner

in Ó Gallachair, Padraig Where Erne and Drowes meet the Sea [s.l.: s.n.] 1961.

 

Machaire Gathláin (Maheragallon)

in Irish Family History 5, 1989. pp. 

 

Trade Directories 

  

We hold a range of directories which list the merchants, professionals, clergy  and  “gentry” in each town. These include:

 

Slater’s Directory of Ireland 1846, 1856, 1870, 1881 and 1884.  *Microfiche

 

Pigot’s Directory of Ireland 1820, 1821, 1822 and 1824. *Microfiche

 

Porter’s Guide to the manufacturers and shippers of Ireland  1908.  Book

 

NB* Booking advised for use of Microfilm/Microfiche items. See above for Library opening hours and contact numbers. 

 

Part B: Sources in Other Centres in Donegal

 

Registrar of Births, Marriages & Deaths

Civil registration of vital records only began in January 1864; prior to that date the local Church of Ireland minister, as the representative of the Established Church, was responsible for registering births.

The Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths for County Donegal are kept at St. Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny. Tel 074 – 9124576.

 

Donegal County Archives

 

Since the early days of the library service in County Donegal, the County Library had been entrusted with the records of public bodies in the County – Boards of Guardians, Rural District Councils etc.  In addition, a number of manuscripts and sets of private papers had been given to the Library.  For many years these were located in unsuitable accommodation, in the basement of Lifford Courthouse.  Between 1986 and 1993 the County Archive Centre was located in purpose-designed accommodation in the Courthouse; the Archives is now based in the Three Rivers Centre Lifford.  Contact Niamh Brennan, Archivist, 074 -9172490.

 

Donegal County Archives - Poor Law Guardian Records

 

County Donegal is fortunate in having a reasonably comprehensive collection of Poor Law Guardian Records.  These are now held in the County Archives.

 

There were 8 Boards of Guardians in Donegal, covering the Poor Law Unions of Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glenties, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford and Stranorlar.  Parts of the east of the County were included in Derry and Strabane Unions, but their records are not held in Lifford. 

Reasonably complete runs of Minute Books survive for each of the Unions, except for Donegal Union.  The Minute Books run to over 30 metres and they date from the 1840’s to 1923. 

 

As well as the Minute Books the following may be of use in genealogical research:

 

     Punishment Book 1879 –c.1900: 165 entries giving name, offence and punishment: no details of location.

Ballyshannon Poor Law Union

 

Clothing Receipt Book (April 1905-September 1924).

 

Donegal Poor Law Union

Indoor Admission and Discharge Book (1919-21).

Indoor Relief Register (March 1914-September 1924) (possibly for Donegal PLU).

Dunfanaghy Poor Law Union

 

Indoor Relief Register (1856-1915) (probably for Dunfanaghy PLU). 5,000 names with age, address, religion, occupation and date of discharge or death.

 

Glenties Poor Law Union

 

Workhouse Admission Register, December 1850-October 1866).  4,960 names giving age, occupation, religion, location, date of admission and discharge.

Workhouse Admission Register (1884-96) (BG92/G/3).  5,000 names.

 

Indoor Relief Register (1914-1921).

 

Separate register (September 1913-March 1922) giving full name, address, age, occupation and religion for individuals admitted to or discharged from the Fever Hospital or Infirmary.

 

Indoor Relief Register (1907).  5,140 names.

 

   Inishowen Poor Law Union

Workhouse Admission Register (September 1849-May 1859) (BG97/G/2). 5,000 names.  At the back of the book there are lists of orphans and deserted children hired out of the Workhouse (May 1853 and 1 January 1857 – 1 January 1858), noting name, person to who hired and employment (mainly herding cattle).

 

Indoor Relief Register (1899-1907) (BG97/G/5). 5,000 names.

 

Outdoor Relief, Admission and Discharge Book (1901-11), (probably Inishowen PLU), including name of person, or head of family relieved and amount of relief allowed.

 

Workhouse Admission Register (1907-11) (possibly Inishowen Workhouse) (BG97/G/6). 5,000 names.

 

Indoor Relief Register (1911-1918). 5,000 names.

 

     Letterkenny Poor Law Union

 

Outdoor Relief Register (1855-64) (BG109/EA/1). 1,870 names.

 

Workhouse Admission Register (1864-77) (BG109/E/1).  4,120 names.

 

Outdoor Relief Register (1899-November 1921) (possibly Letterkenny). 1,993 names.

 

Indoor Relief Register (1919-1922) (possibly Letterkenny, but including Ramelton, Rathmullan, Dunfanaghy). 1,024 names.

 

Milford Poor Law Union+

              

Report Book of Visiting Committee (6 April 1846-25 May 1912).

 

Outdoor Relief Register (December 1847-1899) (BG119/EA/1).  2,160 names.

 

Workhouse Admission Register (1855-75) (BG119/G/1).  4,000 names.

 

Workhouse Indoor Register (1880-97) (BG119/G/3). 5,000 names.

 

Stranorlar Poor Law Union

Dispensary Committee Minute Book (March 1852-1899).

 

+Check the website www.askaboutireland.ie for a comprehensive article on Milford PLU 

 

 

B 1 Donegal County Archives – Other Primary Sources

 

Grand Juries

Grand Juries had both local government and judicial functions; the Archives hold a significant amount of the former type:

 

ca. 30 volumes of Grand Jury Presentments, proposals, discharges etc., dating from ca. 1840-1890, including a volume (1807-9) with lavish annotation and manuscript.

 

Grand Jury Public Orders (1831) with manuscript annotations.

 

Local Authorities

The County Archive Centre holds records of the County Council and of the (now defunct) Rural District Councils.  These run to more than 30 metres but do not appear to contain much material of use in genealogical research.  Individual items, such as the registers of motorcars from 1902 on, and some rent/rate books, would be of interest to the social historian. The County Archives also holds the Minute Book of Co. Donegal Branch of Irish Medical Association 1903-1977.

 

Estate Records

The other major resource held by the County Archive Centre is the collection of estate records.  These hold information relating to tenants on the estates, and such information can be invaluable where no other details survive.  The collection is by no means comprehensive and has been put together by donation, purchase and, on some occasions, the adoption of the ‘finders keepers’ rule.  The collection includes:

 

Maps of Altahalla and Clehagh by John H. Brophy CE, Waterford 1865.

 

R.H. Nolan and Company (Londonderry) Valuation of Donegal Estate of Burton Irwin Esq (1882-3) giving names of tenants.

 

Bound volume of photostat copies of maps of lands in the barony of Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, estate of Robert Clements Esq., surveyed 1779 by David McCool, scale 20 plantation perches, one inch, 65pp: gives names and lessees.

 

Printed Rental and particulars of sale (landed estate courts) Harvey Estate, Gransha, Trillick, Ludden etc., Inishowen, Co. Donegal, 18 March 1879.

 

Book of maps of Alexander Murray Esq’s estate in Co. Donegal. 1749-50 This is described as “a book of survey and valuation….land in the County of Donegal, part of the estate of Alexander Murray Esq of North Britain taken by the advance of Captain James Murray of Co. Monaghan by John Bell of Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Land Surveyor in the year 1749.

 

Volume of maps of part of the estate of Alexander Murray Esq in Co. Donegal as directed by Murray Babington Esq and surveyed by William Rutledge, David Johnston, Irvine Aiken and Thomas Elliott, 1813-14, for G. Montgomery (brown volume of photostat copies).

 

Receiver’s Rental and Account 1852 (in the case of Murray v. Scarborough): 1614 names of tenants with townland locations and details of rent due and arrears.

 

Rentals for Irish Estates of H.G. Murray Stewart Esq in the parishes of Killymard, Killybegs Upper and Lower, Killaghtee and Inishkeel, Co. Donegal, 1852, 1865,1876,1880,1885-6,1890-91,1869-70.

 

Photostat copies (bound) of William Petty’s  Down Survey of Counties Donegal and Londonderry from NLI.

 

Account Book of Irish and Scotch Estates 1859-61, 1858-9. 

 

Bound volume of photocopies of 1641 depositions for Co. Donegal.

 

Tel: 074-9172490 

 

Donegal Ancestry’s Genealogical Service

 

Donegal Ancestry Ltd. is the official Irish Family History Foundation centre for County Donegal.  It aims to provide a comprehensive genealogical research service to personal callers and enquirers by post, telephone, and internet.  It offers a range of fee–paying services. Contact Donegal Ancestry, The Quay, Ramelton. Tel  074 – 9151266. Website http://indigo.ie/~donances 

 

Donegal Ancestry has computerised and indexed a range of civil, church and land records:

 

Civil Records

 

The Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths for Donegal are the responsibility of the North Western Health Board.  They date from 1864, and so do not cover the Famine and pre-Famine period, which is of so much interest to descendents of Donegal people in North America and Australia.

 

The General Register Office in Dublin holds master indexes to all the Registers, and microfilm copies of the original, and is open to the public for research.  It is advisable to have as much information as possible to hand before beginning a search of the Registers, to cut down on time and costs.

 

B 2.Church Records

 

Because of the destruction of the Census records for 1821, 1831, 1841, 1851 in the Four Courts fire in 1922 (those for 1861 and 1871 had not been kept), and the fact that civil registration began only in 1864, Church records are especially important in Ireland.  In the case of Donegal church records, especially Roman Catholic ones, are remarkable for their paucity.  The oldest RC records in the County are those for Clonleigh (Lifford) which began in 1773, but this is unusual.  For large and prosperous parishes such as Letterkenny and Stranorlar, for instance, they began in 1853 and 1860 respectively, and in Gleann Cholm Cille they began only in 1880.  The situation with Presbyterian and Church of Ireland records is considerably better, the oldest Presbyterian records date from 1806 (?), and the oldest Church of Ireland from 1691 (Drumholm).

 

The Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist records, and some of the Roman Catholic records have been indexed by Donegal Ancestry, as part of the Irish Genealogical Project.

 

 

 

CHURCH OF IRELAND

 

BAPTISMS

 

MARRIAGES

 

BURIALS

 

 

Commencement Dates

All Saints

1877

1845

1820

Ardara

1829

1829

1830

Burt

1829

1829

1829

Clondahorky East

1870

1845

1884

Clondavaddog

1794

1794

1794

Clonleigh

1868

1845

1855

Convoy

1871

1844

1881

Desertegney

1878

1848

1879

Donaghmore

1818

1825

1825

Donegal

1808

1812

1812

Drumhome

1719

1691

1696

Dunfanaghy CI

1869

-

1873

Dunlewy

-

1853

-

Fahan Lower

1817

1816

1822

Fahan Upper

1762

1814

1832

Glenalla

1871

1871

-

Glencolmcille

1827

1845

1827

Glenties

1898

1856

1898

Inch

1868

1846

1868

Inniskeel

1826

1827

1826

Inver

1805

1805

1818

Kilcar

1819

1819

1818

Killaghtee

1868

1857

1874

Killea

1877

1845

1880

Killybegs

1809

1810

1820

Killygarvan

1706

1707

1706

Killymard

1827

1845

1819

Kilmacrennan

1818

1818

1818

Laghey

1877

1847

1877

Lettermacaward

1889

1846

1890

Lough Eske

1876

-

-

Mevagh

1876

1846

1877

Milford

1879

1860

-

Monellan

1872

1874

1885

Mountcharles

1877

1861

-

Raphoe CI

1771

1771

1771

Raymunterdoney

1878

1845

1880

Rossnowlagh

1879

1845

-

Taughboyne

1820

1820

1820

Templecrone

1878

1849

1851

Tullaghobegley

1848

1845

1850

Tullyaughnish

1798

1788

1798

 

 

REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN

BAPTISMS

MARRIAGES

BURIALS

 

Commencement Dates

Convoy

-

1868

 

Gortlee

-

1872

 

Milford

-

1864

 

Stranorlar RP

-

1846

 

 

METHODIST BAPTISMS MARRIAGES BURIALS
  Commencement Dates
Ardara & Dunkineely 1860 1863 -
Ballintra 1810 1875 -
Ballyshannon - 1897 -
Donegal Mission 1833 1864 -
Inishowen 1862 1873 -
Ramelton 1829   -
 
 

PRESBYTERIAN

 

 

BAPTISMS

 

MARRIAGES

 

BURIALS

 

Commencement Dates

 

Ballindrait

 

1819

 

1845

 

-

Ballylennon

1829

1831

1830

Ballyshannon

1836

1837

-

Burt

1873

1845

-

Carndonagh

1830

1830

-

Carnone

1834

1846

-

Carrigart

1844

1846

-

Convoy PR

1822

1846

-

Crossroads

1811

1819

1854

Donaghmore

1803

1820

1825

Donegal

1865

1845

-

Dunfanaghy

1830

1830

-

Fanad

1827

1827

-

Greenbank

1862

1864

-

Killetter

-

1859

-

Kilmacrennan PR

1844

1846

-

Knowhead

-

1848

-

Letterkenny PR

1821

1821

-

Malin

1866

1845

-

Milford

1838

1845

-

Monreagh

-

1869

-

Moville

1833

1845

-

Moville New

-

1865

-

Newtowncunningham

1830

1830

1880

NW Donegal Mission

1864

-

-

Pettigo

-

1845

-

Ramelton First

1806

1807

-

Ramelton Second

1808

1808

1859

Ramelton Third

1839

1839

1850

Raphoe PR

1828

1830

-

Rathmullan

-

1845

-

Ray

1854

1845

-

St. Johnston

1838

1835

-

Stranorlar PR

1821

1831

1831

Trenta

1836

1830

1843

 

Note:  In the Roman Catholic Church the Diocese of Raphoe is wholly contained in the County; Inishowen, and part of East Donegal along the River Finn is part of the Diocese of Derry (11 parishes in total); and two parishes in the Southern part of the County are in the Diocese of Clogher

In the Church of Ireland the County is part of the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe

Presbyterian congregations in the County combine in the Donegal Presbytery, except for those in Inishowen, which are in the Derry Presbytery area.

The Methodist Circuits in the County are part of the Enniskillen and Sligo District.

 

Part C: Getting Started

         

C:1 Books for Beginners

 

COLLINS, Peter

Pathways to Ulster’s past: sources and resources for local studies

Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, QUB, 1998. 158p.

ISBN: 0853896933            £6.50.

 

‘COUNTY Donegal’

In the Irish Link  No. 42 1994.   pp16-17

[Australian genealogical journal].

 

DUFFY, Godfrey F

A guide to tracing your Donegal ancestors

Dublin: Flyleaf Press, 1996. 94p; ill.

ISBN:  095084666X                                £7.00.

 

QUINN, Sean E

An introduction to Irish ancestry

Bray:  Magh Itha, 1990.   28p.

ISBN:   1 871 509 041    £2.50.

[Sean Quinn is a lecturer at Letterkenny IT and a native of Buncrana].

 

QUINN, Sean E.

An Introduction to Irish ancestry

2nd ed.

Bray: Irish Genealogy Press, 2000.  60p.

ISBN: 1871509343             £6.99.

 

QUINN, Sean E.

Surnames in Ireland

Bray: Irish Genealogy Press, 2000.  183p.

ISBN: 1871509394             £9.99.

 

QUINN, Sean E

Trace your Irish Ancestors

Bray:  Magh Itha, 1989.   56p.

ISBN: 1 871 509 025  hbk   1 871 509 033  pbk.

 

QUINN, Séan E

Your Irish ancestors

Bray: Irish Genealogy Press, 1996.  121p.

ISBN:  187150919X                       £5.95.

 

 

C:2 Family History by Town or Parish

 

Ballyshannon family roots / exploring family origins in Ballyshannon

Longford: Noel Farrell, 1997.  48p.     £5.99.

 

Cunningham, John B.

Castle Caldwell and its Families

Enniskillen: Watergate Press, 1980, 209p.

 

‘A DEMOGRAPHIC study of Tory Island and Rathlin Island 1841-1964’

In Ulster Folklife 17, 19715.   pp70-80.

 

DONEGAL Town, Inver & Mountcharles family roots / exploring family origins in Mountcharles, Inver, & Donegal Town

Longford: Noel Farrell, 1997.  48p.     £5.99.

 

GALLAGHER, Barney

Arranmore links: the families of Arranmore

[Dublin:  Aiden Gallagher], 1986.  

 

LETTERKENNY family roots book: exploring family origins in Letterkenny

Longford: Noel Farrell, 1996.  48p; ill.

                                £5.99.

Lucas, Leslie

Mevagh down the years

Belfast:  Appletree Press.  1983.

 

Lucas, Leslie

More about Mevagh

Belfast:  Appletree Press.  1982.

 

McCLINTOCK, May

After the battering ram:  the trail of the dispossessed from Derryveagh, 1861 - 1991

[Letterkenny]:  An Taisce, 1991   20p ill.    £2.00.

 

McGARRIGLE, Joe

Donegal:  past and present

[Ballyshannon: printed by Donegal Democrat], 1995. - 195p. ; ill.

£6.99.

[families in Donegal Town area].

 

McGARVIE, Michael

Fanad on foot:  genealogical explorations in Donegal

[Glastonbury:  printed by Direct Offset], 1989.   62p., ill., charts  £5.00.

[Limited edition of 100 copies].

 

STRANORLAR parish roots book / exploring family origins in Ballybofey/Stranorlar and Killygordon

Longford: Noel Farrell, 1996.  48p.     £5.99.

Also in this series,  Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Mountcharles and Inver, Ballyshannon 

 

C:3 Individual Families / Surnames

 

Central Library has built up a comprehensive collection of family histories donated by researchers worldwide. We would be delighted to receive a copy of your own research when you complete your family tree.  

 

Anderson, Patrick.

Anderson of Moville

Bramhill, Cheshire: [published by the author], 7p. photocopy.

 

Arkwright, Thomas J. and Peter A.

The Arkwright Family in Ireland

Wigan: [published by the author], no date.  44p, photocopy.

 

Bonner Thornton, Sue

The Bonner Family History

Waco, Texas: Texan Press, 1972. 555p, biblio, index.

 

Boyd, Brian.

The Boyd Family of Ballymacool House

No date, 16p, photocopy.

 

Boyd, Murray A.

From Donegal to Blackguard’s Corner: a History of the Boyd Family of Kaikoura

Rangiora, [published by the author], 1998. 447p, photos.

  

O’Brien, Maureen.

A History of the Burke / Bourke Clan

Dublin: Clan Publications, 1991. 295p.

 

O Canann, Tomás G.

Aspects of an early Irish Surname: Ua Canannain

In Studia Hibernia No. 27 1993.  Pp113-144.

 

Ó CANANN, Tomás G.

‘Ua Canannáin genealogies in the Irish manuscript tradition’

In Studia Hibernica No. 30, 1998-1999 [published 2000].  pp167-229.

 

Stevenson, Lionel.

The Cary Family of Inishowen

Durham, NC: [published by the author], 1963. 14p.

  

Chichester, A. Palmer Bruce

History of the Chichester Family from A.D. 1086 to 1870.

London: Hotten, 1871. 174p.

 

Steele, John Haughton

Crichton: the Pedigree of the Earl of Erne.

Edinburgh: R&R Clarke, 1891, 80p. appendix. 

 

Ornbaun, Marilyn.

The Diary of William John Clarke: Illinois to California 1849

[s.l.: published by the author], 1991. 54p.

 

Concannon O Brien, Maureen.

The Story of the Concannons

Dublin: Clan Publications, 1989. 312p.

 

Cooke and Allen Family Letters (Convoy)

[s.l, s.n]

Photocopies.

 

Crawford, Robert

The Crawfords of Donegal and how they came there

Dublin: Ponsonby & Weldrick, 1886. 39p.

 

Doyle, David N., and Miller, Kerby A.

‘Ulster Migrants in an Age of Rebellion: the Crocketts of Raphoe’

In Irish Economic and Social History XXIII, 1995.  pp 77-87.

 

Crummer, Larry D.

Crummer Families of the U.S. and Canada who came from Ireland

Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1994. 603p.

 

Dill, James Reid

The Dill Worthies

2nd ed.

Draperstown: Moyola Books, 1992.  109p.

ISBN:  1873345 07 0  £3.25

[Reprint of 1892 ed.].

 

Dill, John.

The Dill Family (correspondence)

[s.l,.]1975, 18p. photocopy.

 

Conn, Nancy H.

From Drumholm, Donegal to Cartwright, Upper Canada: the Dinsmore-Freeborn-Strong Families.

Toronto, Ontario: Stewart Publishing, 1998.  322p.

ISBN 090969932111.

 

Early, Samuel S.

A History of the Early Family in America

Albany, NY: [s.n.], 1896. 51p.

 

Hamilton, Sir James,

The Hamilton Manuscripts

Belfast: Archer & Sons, 1867. 165p.

 

Sir Frederick Hamilton.

[sn., sl., ] 23p. photocopy.

 

HarT, Henry T.

Hart of Donegal

London: Mitchell Hughes & Clarke, 1907. 158p.

 

Harvey, G.H.

The Harvey Families of Inishowen, Co. Donegal, and Maen, Cornwall

Folkestone: F. Weatherhead, 1927. 178p.

 

Hewetson, John

‘The Hewetsons of Ballyshannon’

In Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 1910, p4.

 

Andrew Knox (Bishop of Raphoe) and his descendents

Londonderry: J. Hempton & Co., 1892. 34p.

 

O Laverty, James

Seanchas Chlionne Laithbheartaigh (Laverty)

Belfast: [s.l., ], 1891. 24p.

 

Cine Mhac an tSaoir: guide to the sources for researching Mc Ateer families in Ireland

Belfast: Ulster History Foundation, 1994. 63p, illus.

ISBN: 0901 905658.

 

Mac Dermot, Dermot.

Mac Dermot of Moylurg

Manorhamilton: Drumlin, 1996. 543p.

 

Mac Donagh, J.C.,

‘Counsellor Terence Mac Donagh: a Catholic Lawyer of the Penal Days and some of his Collateral Descendants’

[photocopied from Studies 1947/1948] 22p.

 

Mc Garvie, Graham

Mc Garvie Family History

[s.l.: published by the Mc Garvie Family], 1995. 222p.

 

Mc Garvie, Michael,

Fanad on Foot-Genealogical Explorations in Donegal (McGarvie)

Glastonbury: printed by Direct Offset, 1989.  62p , plates, biblio.

 

Mc Geehan

[s.n.,s.l.,] 30p, photocopy.

 

Brown, John P.

 The Mac Laughlins of Clann Owen

Boston: W. J. Schofield, 1879. 42p.

 

Mc Manus, Michael.,

Mc Manus “Heart and Hand

Durham: Mc Manus Family History Society, 1994. 184p.

 

Marshall, G.F.L.,

Marshall of Manor Cunningham: being notes on the descendants of John Marshall

[s.l.: published by the author], 1931. 125p.

 

Masterson, Eibhlin

Maddison family (letters) 15p. photocopy.

 

Miller, Janet Eileen,

Miller Family Scrapbook

[s.l.: published by the author]. 81p, illus.

 

Miller, Janet E.

Miller Family Tree (with supporting Trees for Montgomerys, Hamiltons, Irwins, Townshends, Beresford/Webbs

[s.l.: published by the author]. 22p. photocopy.

 

Montgomery, Henry,

A Generation of Montgomerys

London: Spottiswodde & Co., 1897. 77p. 

 

Furlong, Matt.

Montgomery of Alamein’

In The Irish Link March 1998. p36.

 

O Brien, Donough.

History of the O Briens from A.D. 1000-1945

London: Batsford Ltd., 1949.  77p. 

 

Walsh, Paul

O Cleirigh family of Tir Chonaill

Dublin: Colm O Lochlainn, 1938., 52p. index.

 

Ó Dochartaigh, Seoirse Fionnbarra

O Doherty People and Places.

Whitegate, Co. Clare: Ballinakella Press, 1998. 126p: ill.

ISBN:094653814X.            £9.50.

 

Ó Dochartaigh Clan.

Origins of the O Dohertys: pedigree and family group sheet

Carndonagh: Inishowen Tourism, 1995.

[the Ó Dochartaigh Clan issue regular newlsetters and packs on genealogy and Clan history].

 

Chubb Develin, Joseph

The O Develins of Tyrone, the Story of an Irish Sept

[s.l., VT]: Tuttle Publishing Co., 1938. 137p.

 

History House Publications

Your Irish Roots—History of the O’Donnell  Family Name

Ennis: History House Publications, 1988. 33p.

 

O’Donnell, Vincent

Clann Dalaigh (O Donnell)

Kilmacrennan: O Donnell Clann Gathering Committee, 1989. 81p, illus.

 

History House Publications

Your Irish Roots: history of the O’Kelly Family

Ennis: History House Publications, 1988. 43p.

 

History House Publications

Your Irish Roots: history of the O’Neill Family

Ennis: History House Publications, 1988. 48p.

 

Mac Dermot, Lady Betty

O’Ruairc of Breifne 

Wicklow: [s.n.], 1983. 211p, index.

 

Mac Dermot, Lady Betty

O’Ruairc Family Tree

[s.l.: s.n.]. 36p, index.

 

Mac Giolla Easpaig, Fergus

‘The Gaelic Families of Donegal’

In Nolan, William, Ronayne, Liam, and Dunlevey, Mairead Donegal History and Society pp759-838.

 

Patterson, Norman G.

The Patterson and Pattison Family Association Record Book 1

[s.l: s.n.], 1963. 215p, index.

 

Patterson, Norman G.

The Patterson and Pattison Family Association Record Book 2

[s.l: s.n.], 1964. 215p, index.

 

Patterson, Norman G.

The Patterson and Pattison Family Association Record Book 3

[s.l: s.n.], 1965. 215p, index.

 

Patterson, Norman G.

The Patterson and Pattison Family Association Record Book 4

[s.l: s.n.], 1967. 215p, index.

 

Burton, Patricia

There is an Old House in Ireland: the Patton Family and Croaghan House 1636-1990

 

Welch Pogue, Lloyd,

Pogue / Pollock / Polk: genealogy as mirrored in history: from Scotland to N. Ireland/Ulster, Ohio and westward

Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, Inc., 1990. 709p.

 

Robb, Dale and Arlene

George Robb-Catherine Forsyth and descendants 1807-1982

[s.l.: s.n.],1982. 68p, index, photos.

 

Shelly Hankins, Caneta

Hugh Rogan of Counties Donegal and Sumner:  Irish acculturation in frontier Tennessee

In Tennessee Historical Quarterly  Vol LIV Winter 1995 #4

19p,  biblio.

 

Briggs Sampson, Lilla

The Sampson Family

Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, 1914. 238p.

 

Shankland, Ronald L.

Shankland / Shanklin: surnames as a subsect of Mc Gregor/Grierson Clan

[s.l., s.n.]15p.

 

Rheins, Joe,

Lt William Stewart of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

Published by the author, 2005. Traces the life of a member of the Stewart family from Ramelton.  CD  

 

NELSON, Peggy

Stewarts of Ramelton

Photocopied items, vital records relating to this family and its members in the USA.

Published by the author, Pennsylvania, USA. 2002 

 

Stuart-Helligoso, Martha

One Line of Stuarts

 [s.l.: s.n.], 1987.

 

‘The Sweeneys

In The Irish Link No. 47, December 1995. p 18.

 

Sweeney, John P., ed.

The Sweeneys:Fanad, Doe, Banagh, international

[s.l.,Clann Suibhne], 1997. 152p, ill.

 

Sweeney, Richard Mingo.

Sween (Suibhne): Clan of the Battle-axe: a brief history of the Mac Sweeney (Mac Suibhne) Gallowglass

Gaoth Dobhair: Clann tSuibhne, 1999.  101p.

£15.00.

 

Allen, Samuel

Vance Family History: memoir of the Rev. George Vance, D.D.

Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1901. 252p.

 

Wallen, Farland

The Wallen Generations: 300 years of our family history

Charlotte, N.C.: Delmar, 1993. 343p.

 

White, Henry

White Family of Lough Eske

[s.l.: s.n.], 1992.  44p.

 

Trench, Charlotte V.

The Wrays of Donegal

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1945. 392p.

 

Young, Amy

300 Hundred Years in Inishowen

Belfast: Mc Caw, Stevenson & Orr / the Linenhall Press, 1929.

357p. [Young Family]

 

Young, G.

The Youngs of N.W. Ulster or “Tracing the Three Black Piles on a Silver Base” 

 

C:4 Websites

 

The following website addresses are dedicated to family research world-wide, and have very useful "links":

 

http://www.rootsweb.com/   (A huge global genealogy site)

 

http://indigo.ie/~donances    (Donegal Ancestry, Ramelton, Co Donegal)

                                         

www.archives.gov       (United States National Archives site)

                                                           

www.dun-na-ngall.com   (A good source for Donegal-related genealogy)

 

www.familysearch.org/   (the Mormon Church  (Latter-Day Saints) Family History site).

 

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~donegal  (a part of the “Rootsweb” site devoted to Donegal genealogy. Continuously adding new information)

 

www.proni.gov.uk (Public Records Office Northern Ireland)

 

www.nationalarchives.ie  (National Archives, Dublin)

 

http://www.nli.ie  (National Library of Ireland’s site – has a guide to beginning family research

 

www.lifesteps.ie  (A public libraries website. From a list of topics, click on “Family History”. Excellent “links”)

 

www.ellisisland.org    (American passenger records 1892-1924)

 
Thanks to Robert Gallinagh for providing information for the first version of this page. See http://www.gallinagh.com/ for Gallinagh research
 
Thanks to Berni Campbell at the County Library for these Finding Aids
 
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