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County Donegal

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from DH This Ulster county is largely bog and mountain land and contains the towns of Letterkenny, Donegal, Ballyshannon, Lifford, Stranorlar, Killybegs, and Bundoran.

County Donegal was known as the Kingdom of Tirconnel in the old Irish administrative system. It was the territory of the powerful O'Donnell family. The other major family names were O'Boyle, O'Doherty, O'Friel, O'Sheil, MacWard, McLoughlin, McDunlevy, McGillespie, MacRearty, McGrath, McGonagle, O'Mulholland, O'Harkin, O'Derry, and O'Strahan. The McSweeneys, also a realtively common name in the county, were a gallowglass, or mercenary, family who arrived in the county in the thirteenth century.

The county wasn't effected much by the Norman invasion of the twelfth century and it wasn't until the later 16th century that England gained a foothold in the county. In 1592 they lost that when the O'Donnells, under their chief Red Hugh O'Donnell, joined with the O'Neills in a rebellino against the English. It ended in the defeat of the Ulster Chieftains in 1602 and the county was then included in the plantation of Ulster. The lands were confiscated and the native Irish owners were disinherited and their property given to English undertaker.

Among the names that became common were: Elliott, Campbell, Anderson, Baird, Thompson, McClintock, Hamilton, Browne, Barr, Stewart, Smith, Johnston, Irwin, Morrison, Young, and White.

In 1861 the census showed 75% Catholic, 11% Presbyterian (those of Scottish ancestry) and 13 percenter Episcopalian (those of English extraction).

The county was not badly affected in the Great Famine of 1845-47. The population fell from 296,000 in 1841 to 255,000 in 1851. Thousands emigrated to America, Australia and Canada.


County Town is Lifford

County Library, Letterkenny

Donegal Ancestry, Old Meeting House, Back Lane, Ramelton

Registrar General, North, St. Conal's Hospital, Letterkenny

Registrar General, South, St. Joseph's Hospital, Stranolar, Ballybofey

Donegal Annual,
Mrs. K. Emerson, Co. Donegal Historical Society, Ballyshannon

from DH Donegal Local Studies
Central Library and Arts Centre
Lower Main Street
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

from DH Donegal County Council
County Archive Centre
The Couthouse
The Diamond
Lifford, Co. Donegal

from DH Donegal Historical Society
c/o Mrs. Kathleen Emerson
61 Cluain Barron
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

from DH Clogher Historical Society
Mr. J.I.D. Johnston
Corick, Clogher, Co. Tyrone

from DH North of Ireland Family History society
Queens University of Belfast
Department of Education
69 University Street
Belfast BY7 1HL

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Co Donegal - Miscellaneous Data and Census Substitutes
Co. Donegal 1911 Census FHLC numbers 

Co Donegal - Miscellaneous Records from DH
Co Donegal - Memorial Inscriptions from DH
Co Donegal - Church of Ireland Parish Records from DH
Co Donegal - Methodist Records from DH
Co Donegal - Presbyterian Records from DH
Co Donegal - Roman Catholic Parishes from DH

From Other Sources

Donegal Data - Genuki

IGW Donegal
IGW Donegal Queries

Northern Ireland References
The web site for the Scotch-Irish-L mail list from Rootsweb.

The Monaghans of Donegal, Sweet Irish Rogues
   Halway down the table you'll find LOTS of goodies for the county!

Ulster American Folk Park
County Donegal
Muster Roll of the County of Donnagall 1630 A.D
Pynnar's Survey 1618 A.D. of the Land Grants Given in 1608, Barony of Raphoe
Lands Grants in the Barony of Raphoe, County Donegal, 1608 A.D
Donegal Ancestry in County Donegal
Bulletin Boards for County Donegal
Co Donegal
Donegal Family Heritage Centre computerizing parish records
Provides search service for a fee.
See TIARA for customer comments.

Donegal Ancestry
History 1858
History - General
Famine in Donegal [Ward]
Step Back in Time in Donegal

Northern Ireland Researching

Co Donegal, including maps and Griffiths Index
Civil Parishes of County Donegal

Griffiths Valuation..A Partial Listing
Land - Grants -1608 - Baroney of Raphoe
Surnames -search [Donfam]
Surnames - Search and Post
Clonmany - a description

Donegal Times Online
All About Donegal Town
Tirconaill Tribune
Pettigoe Online
The Globe Corner Bookstore-Donegal

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