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Donegal Ancestry Ramelton Do you want to trace your Donegal ancestors? Then contact Donegal Ancestry The Donegal Ancestry Centre is the official family history research centre for County Donegal and was established to help people trace their Donegal ancestors. Learn more about your surname, your place of birth or tracing your Donegal ancestors
T: +353 (0)74 9151266
Tracing Your Family History with Donegal Ancestry
The Donegal Ancestry database contains almost One Million records from County Donegal Genealogy Sources. The centre offers a range of services and customers can choose from the following:
- A Consultation with the Researcher
- A Search of the Database for a Single Record
- A Combination of Searches
- Preliminary Research Reports
- Full Family History Reports
Customers are advised of the research fees before any research is undertaken. The consultation fee is non-refundable but is credited against commissioned research.
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Where to start
Find out all the information you can about your ancestors. Start with your own family, there may be a family Bible, letters, certificates of births, deaths or marriages, oral tradition, unusual family names etc. If you are beginning your research outside Ireland you should consult documented evidence in your own country, such as census returns, church records, land records, naturalisation papers, passenger lists, passport records etc.
Please Note: The success of your family research will depend on the information you supply and the availability of relevant records relating to your inquiry. We cannot predetermine the results.
Sources that are consulted by Donegal Ancestry
- Pre-1900 Parish Registers
- Civil Birth, Marriage & Deaths
- Griffith’s Land Valuation Records
- Tithe Applotment Books
- 1901 and 1911 Census Returns
- Passenger Lists
- Milford Workhouse Records
- Estate Records
- School Roll Books
- Surname Histories
- Graveyard Inscriptions
- Various Census Substitutes including the following –
- Hearth Money Rolls
- 1600 Muster Rolls
- Extracts from the 1700’s Poll of Electors
- Slater’s and Pigot’s Commercial Directors
- Many Additional Miscellaneous Sources
Donegal Ancestrys database, updated daily, contains records from all the major sources including pre-1900 Church registers, Civil Birth, Marriage and Death Registers, 1901 and 1911 Census Returns, Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, School Roll Books and many other valuable miscellaneous record sources.
Details of Research Service
Each and every family history report compiled by the research department of Donegal Ancestry is individually compiled and interpreted by an experienced researcher. The centre provides the following options to customers:
A consultation service is provided if a customer wishes to visit the Centre to discuss their family history inquiry with a researcher. The consultation fee of €15.00 is non-refundable but will be credited to the customer if further research is commissioned.
A specific record search, i.e., birth records, marriage records, death records, census returns etc., may be conducted in some instances for one or more records. The customer will be informed if the source is available and quote a fee. A successful Record Search will identify the place of origin of the ancestor and will enable the Researcher to advise if it is feasible to conduct further research.
The researcher will assess the information supplied by the customer and then conduct an initial examination of all sources to establish whether research is feasible. The Preliminary Report will include full details of the sources consulted and the researcher’s recommendations. Where records are found in the County Donegal sources, a fee will be quoted for providing details of the records and compiling a family history report.
On receipt of the Preliminary Report the customer can decide whether he/she wants to commission a full family history report or conduct research in stages to suit his/her budget.
This exclusive and individually designed interpretative family history report will include transcripts or, where appropriate, copies of the records uncovered, a description of the sources that are searched, details of the administrative and geographic divisions, information when available on the family names, the local parish history and maps. Full Reports are individually costed.
The researcher will try to identify the place of origin of the ancestor. If the search is successful the customer will receive a transcript of one relevant entry and a parish map pinpointing the location. Donegal Ancestry will also advise the customer if it is feasible to carry out further research.
If you visit Donegal Ancestry you should take time to visit the heritage exhibition entitled ‘The Ramelton Story,’ which is located in the building adjoining the Genealogy Centre. Learn about the heritage town of Ramelton and the surrounding countryside from pre-Plantation times to the present day.
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