Genealogy

Do You have Donegal Ancestors that you are trying to trace, to find their Ancestral homes and the area where they lived?

Then let us help you to fulfil that dream…

  • star rating  Chris toured us around the Northern coast, Glenveigh National Park, Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way for 5 days. We had a great time, learned a lot and genuinely... read more

    Jonathan S
    9/23/2019

    star rating  Michael will go out of his way to make your trip special. He provides great recommendations and will make stops that are personalized based on your conversations. Michael provided all... read more

    rileyk14
    9/17/2019

    star rating  Put it this way: Our uncle, Lee Sweeney, spoke at least as much about Marie Gallagher as he did about the tour he and his wife took with Donegal... read more

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    2/19/2020
  • star rating  Micheal was our guide on my birthday, he came to Annagry, County Donegal (in the Rosses) to start our tour. It was wonderful drive on a weather perfect day! ... read more

    Maureen W
    9/28/2019

    star rating  While visiting Donegal Town in May I wanted to find the graves of my great grandparents. Our hotel hooked us up with a taxi that could take us out... read more

    metds
    8/07/2019

    star rating  After driving around Ireland for 10 days, we were ready to have someone else do the driving. Marie was our wonderful driver, storyteller (seanchaí), and historian. She picked us up... read more

    RosieBtraveling
    9/19/2019
  • star rating  Our tours with Marie Gallagher were a total pleasure. Marie is outstanding as a tour guide. Her knowledge of the history of the region, plus her willingness to tailor the... read more

    Tom S
    8/27/2019

    star rating  I cannot say enough what a pleasure it was using Donegal Chauffeur Travel while visiting Ireland. We needed to book a car from Belfast to Donegal and our driver... read more

    TahneeR333
    1/08/2020

    star rating  We booked a day out with Michael Gallagher to see some areas near Donegal Town where my mother had traced some of our family, as well as see some sights.... read more

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    8/08/2019

In my opinion researching your Ancestry is a labour of love, to find those who went before us, who they were, where did they come from and where did they go?
If you think about it….

When we are born, we have Two Parents, This means we have: 

4
8
16
32
64
128
256
512
1,024



2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents
Great Grandparents

And So on ….

What was life, like for these people? What did they do in their daily lives, their work, love, happiness, sadness, struggles, emigration and hope for their future.

So Where to Begin…

When you have made the decision to trace your Ancestors, it is easy at this stage to want to look at every available resource on line and otherwise only to find that the vast amount of available information can make you want to give up your research before you even begin.  

Therefore, as obvious as it sounds, the best place to start is with yourself, your Parents, Grandparents and anyone else that you can talk to and ask questions. 
Make sure to write everything down.

Then it is time to think about doing a DNA test, Ancestry, Heritage, 23&Me, Family Tree it is a personal choice when you weigh up what each one has to offer. I started with my chosen one and from there, I did use other DNA Test companies, as well as using generic sites where you can upload your DNA.

When your DNA results arrive.
What are the areas that your people came from, who are your matches, who do you share matches with, view public Trees.
Make contact with people and see who you both share, try to work together to find that Common Ancestor.
Research any available information on these areas.

Note: Most companies will give you a free trial period but then it is subscription based.

There are a lot of free online information sites available.

Useful websites to start with include: