County Donegal Genealogy and Family History Notes
NOTES and Coats of Arms
County Donegal, Ireland, Genealogy and Family History Notes
Finding Your Family in County Donegal
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Donegal, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Donegal. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Donegal families found in heraldic records. Included you will find a full page county map from the Atlas of Ireland, along with a listing of modern parishes and old townlands, along with the address and location of records for more research. Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Donegal.
What this book does
This work includes copies of actual records (some worn, torn and faded), from the IGF Library. It also includes rough sketches of family coats of arms and notes from centuries past - seldom found elsewhere. The resources provided here will help research any family in the county, including old Irish families, and settler families from England, Scotland, Wales and the continent. This book is a hands on guide for finding your family in Donegal- some family history is included - but it is not a gigantic collection of family histories . (For that see 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small', the first book in the Irish Families series by O'Laughlin. See also “Families of County Donegal, Ireland, a part of this series)
The Irish Families Project for Donegal
The Master book to the 34 volume Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. That book gives hundreds of family histories from County Donegal, and the surrounding areas. " County Donegal Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 34 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Donegal. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families in Donegal in the 19th century were:
The Families of Co. Donegal contents:
Table of Contents
List of Books, ISBN data..
Barony Map of Donegal (1878)..
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index..
National Resource List ..
Local Resource List..
Names in County Donegal ..
The complete existing returns from the 'census' of 1659, also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names at that time in history. Many Irish families are given in specific baronies within the county in this census. Additionally the barony is broken down into parishes, Townelands, and tituladoes, along with the number of English and Irish in each area. The tituladoes are both Irish and English. The baronies included here are : Tirhugh; Boylagh & Banagh; Rapho; Kill McCrenan; and Enishowen.
Note the names on the first page: Thomas Lord Folliot; Michall Houtsone; Charles Dunsterfield; Capt. Henry Brook; Capt. Thomas Stewart; George Knox, and so on... These are but a few of the names given in specific parishes and townelands. Many others are grouped together giving surname and barony of location. The Principal Irish names along with head count is given at the end of each barony, for example: McAtire (6); McAnulty (8); McAward (11); O’Brislane (8); O’Boyle (41) and so on, for each barony.
It should be remembered that place names and family names were spelled differently in earlier days, so the researcher should look closely at spellings given here.
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Old illustrations of arms are included for the families of : Batt; Boyd; Burton-Conyngham; Butler; Chichester; Child; Cockayne; Colhoun; Crawford; FitzWilliams; Gore; Grove; Harvey; Hewitt; Humfrey; Knox; Nicholson; Savile; Stewart; Stubbs; Todd-Thornton; and Vershoyle, all with County Donegal connections.
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern. A sampling of place names to assist in
finding locations in the county, as taken from the Master Book of Irish Placenames.Parish Names in County Donegal.
The parish is an important subdivision of the county. Parish records can be vital to research in the county. The following modern parishes are listed as in Co. Donegal:
Barr of Inch or Mintiaghs
Mintiaghs or Barr of Inch
Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
Townland names and modern parishes are given in this selection. County Donegal also includes the towns of Ballyshannon, Donegal, Killybegs; Lifford, St. Johnstown, Letterkenny, Ramelton, and many others...
Family Name Index
Illustrations and Extracts
Donegal Castle A-2
Surname Map for Mcgee
Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This might provide a clue to the locations of your family today. Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History of Ireland by the 4 Masters (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.) E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain: Fitzgerald, E. .
Mac Duvan, C.
Mac Sweeny, L.
O' Boyle, L.
O' Breslin, C.
O' Brodar, C.
O' Cannanan, P.
O' Clery, C.
O' Coigley (Quigley)
Mac Loghlin, P.
O' Dogherty, L.
O' Donnelly, C.
O' Donnell, P.
O' Dooyarma, L.
O' Forranan, C.
O' Gallaher, C.
O' Gormley, C.
O' Kenny, C.
O' Leaney, C.
O' Muldorry, P.
O' Neill, P.
O' Quinn, C.
O' Tarcert, C.
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Donegal . New; Full size
8 1/2 x 11; 52 pages; heavier parchment type cover; lay flat binding; illustrations, some of which may appear faded with age as in the originals; County Map; Local Sources; Coats of Arms; and record extracts. Many families are given with family history notes, specific locations; coat of arms; and seats of power. Some are only mentioned. A must for any researcher. ( For a large collection of family histories within the county we also recommend "The Book of Irish Families, great & small", by O'Laughlin. A third work that continues the Irish Families Project on Donegal is entitled “Families of County Donegal, Ireland”.)
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