Welcome to the Donegal Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Donegal surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Donegal genealogy.
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I. The Donegal Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Donegal family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Donegal family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Donegal Ancestors
II. Donegal Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Donegal ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Donegal births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Donegal
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Donegal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Donegal family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Donegal Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Donegal last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Donegal ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Donegal DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Donegal family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Donegal research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Donegal Family History
There is more to exploring your Donegal ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where is the book on my Donegal family? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Donegal Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Donegal queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Donegal ancestors.
VII. Donegal Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Donegal Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Donegal, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Donegal Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Donegal family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Donegal reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Donegal genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/Apr/2014.
If you host the Donegal blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.