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Family history at Donegal County Archives

Donegal County Archives holds records which might be of assistance when undertaking family research from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries onwards:

General Valuation registers. These registers list occupiers and owners of land and property in Donegal from the 1880's (though we do not hold the actual maps, which are available in Dublin);

  • Electoral (voters’) registers for the county, some dating from the late nineteenth century.
  • 19th –20th century workhouse and medical records (Boards of Guardians/Board of Health), including information on inmates of  workhouses and infirmaries. Records vary for each district.
  • A small number of estate and housing records and other private and public records;
  • Primary/National School roll books and registers.
  • Donegal Grand Jury: presentment records from c.1753 to 1899.
  • A small number of legal documents including abstracts of title, leases, etc.
  • Records relating to staff and members of Donegal local authorities.


Electoral Register extract, Crolly

Electoral Register extract, West Donegal, 1919


RESEARCHING DONEGAL FAMILY HISTORY-  A Guide to Sources and Information

For further information on Researching your family history and on links to useful sources please download this PDF:


Researchers Guide to Family History Sources 2023, V. 4


PowerPoint Presentation on Family History in Donegal County Archives


Archives Genealogy presentation




Contact details for Donegal County Archives Service are:

Donegal County Archives Service, Donegal County Council, Three Rivers Centre, Lifford, County Donegal. Tel: +353 74 9172490. E-Mail: [email protected].  For more information on sources check out the Website:

Donegal County Archives Service is happy to assist researchers in any way possible with their research. However the County Archives is not a genealogical institution and in general we cannot conduct detailed research for individuals. We will however carry out research for researchers in records that, for privacy reasons, cannot be made generally available to the public.