Local and Family History

Local Studies Resources at Central Library 

Central Library in Letterkenny has an extensive collection of books, journals and other material relating to genealogy and family history.  While we do not have primary materials, such as records of births, deaths, marriages etc., our family history resources can help get you started on your search for that elusive ancestor.  It is recommended that you contact the library in advance to book an appointment as some items are available on microfilm format only, while some newspapers are in storage.

All other libraries in Donegal have smaller local history collections relevant to their area, and may be able to provide the information you are looking for. Microfilmed items are also available in Bundoran Community Library and Leabharlann Phobail na Rosann, Dungloe.  Please contact the relevant library before your visit.


For contact details and opening hours for Central Library and all local libraries, please click here.


To begin your search for that elusive ancestor click on the booklet of your choice below:


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A Guide to Genealogy Resources     ‌



Local History

Local history research will complement and complete your family history project. Central Library in Letterkenny hosts the Donegal Studies Collection which is comprised of books relating to County Donegal, books written by Donegal authors and/or published in the county. This collection holds a huge range of subjects ranging from religion, to art, to literature and histories of the various areas of the county. Searching local history books will allow you a glimpse of life in Donegal in the past and give you a flavour of how your ancestors lived. You can even check historic maps that will give you an even greater sense of place.



All newly purchased Donegal related items are included in a bibliography that is published in the Donegal Annual by the Donegal Historical Society on a yearly basis.


Click on the links below for a comprehensive list of newly published Donegal related texts:


Donegal Annual Bibliography (July 2014 - June 2015)

Donegal Annual Bibliography (July 2015 - June 2016)

Donegal Annual Bibliography (July 2016 - June 2017)

Donegal Annual Bibliography (July 2017 – June 2018)

Donegal Annual Bibliography (June 2018 – May 2019)


Remembering Our Past Sharing Our Future

The Hands of History project was designed to provide an opportunity for Donegal and its surrounding counties to learn lessons from the past and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. One of the outcomes of this project was an adult and children’s bibliography of books relevant to the commemoration of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2022; Remembering Our Past Sharing Our Future.  Just click on the relevant link to view the selection of books available through your local library.


Remembering our past - adult English Remembering our past - junior English
Remembering our past - adult English Remembering our past - junior English

1916 Bibliographies

The adult and junior bibliographies were published to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising and include a wide variety of titles spanning the intervening century. Just click on the relevant link to view the selection of books available through your local library.


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1916 Adult Bibliography



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 1916 Junior Bibliography




Donegal Diaspora

The Donegal Diaspora project has been set up to reach out and engage with County Donegal’s global community, it’s “Pobal Domhanda”. This network is made up of people with a connection to Donegal, no matter where they may be living. It acts as a resource fro information, connections, partnerships and development.


For more information see www.donegaldiaspora.com.



Links to other Family History and Genealogy Sites



Church of Ireland                                         

Donegal County Archives                            

Donegal Genealogy Resources                   

Find My Past                                                 

Irish Genealogy                                             

Library of the Church of Later Day Saints  

National Library of Ireland                          

National Archives                                         

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland



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