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An Antebellum era (pre-civil war) family Bible dating to 1859. Photography copyright David Ball,
A popular reason to visit Donegal and particularly this area around Rathmullan (in Irish: Ráth Maoláin, meaning "Maoláin's ringfort"), Ramelton (in Irish Ráth Mealtáin) and Milford (in Irish Baile na nGallóglach) is for genealogy and ancestor research.

When you discover that your roots lie within County Donegal, there is no greater delight than to visit our beautiful county and experience some of your family history directly.

Genealogy Research - where to start

Before you visit Donegal, for your ancestor research, find out all the information you can about your ancestors. There may have useful documents already, within the family, e.g. family Bible, letters, certificates of births, deaths or marriages and also ask among your family for family recollections, unusual family names etc. Your research may begin in your own country of residence - you can consult documented evidence, such as census returns, church records, land records, naturalisation & passport records etc. and even passenger lists.

Trace Your Ancestral Roots Online

Once you have a few pointers from your research in your country of residence then look at
Donegal Roots Ireland and also Donegal Genealogy Resources

Here you will find a number of searchable databases, with over half a million entries including:
We look forward to welcoming you to Glenalla Lodge, B&B. Please Contact Us to book your accommodation for your genealogy visit.