Donegal Genealogy Tours


Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.

Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbors who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Donegal has 8 Baronies
  • Donegal has 53 Civil Parishes
  • Donegal has 146 Elector Divisions
  • Donegal has 1711 Townlands
  • Donegal has 1726 sub townlands

Slieve League, is a mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, Ireland. At 601 metres (1,972 ft). Although less famous than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Slieve League’s cliffs reach almost three times higher. It is the third largest Cliffs in Europe.

County Donegal is part of the Border Region of the Republic of Ireland and is in the province of Ulster. Lifford serves as the county town. The population of the county is 158,755 according to the 2016 census. It has also been known as County Tyrconnell (Tír Chonaill), after the historic territory of the same name.

County Donegal is one of the most beautiful counties of Ireland. Its name comes from the Irish Dun na Gall or Fort of the foreigner.

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Doherty, MacMoanagle ,O ‘Boyle
•          Norman- None
•          Scottish -MacSweeney
•          Viking – None

County Donegal – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Wild Atlantic Way
·      Donegal Castle
·      Lough Eske
·      Abbey of the Four Masters
·      Errigal and Muckish mountain
·      Glenveagh National park
·      Doagh Famine Village
·      Slieve League