Donegal has fewer genealogical records than most Irish counties. Donegal families are a mixture of native Gaelic families and Scots-Irish families who settled in the county from the 17th century onward. The records are both diverse in nature, and also widely scattered. Although the major sources are those within the Republic of Ireland, in which Donegal is situated, there are also some records in Belfast repositories which is part of the United Kingdom administration. This book sets out the records available, and where they can be accessed.
Helen Meehan (nee Montgomery) was born in Co. Donegal and graduated as a Primary School Teacher in 1957. She retired as a teacher in September 1998. She is an active member, and current President of the Donegal Historical Society, which she joined in 1960. She has been a regular speaker at the Society's Seminars and has also lectured to other groups She has published in The Donegal Annual, Bealoideas (University College Dublin), Due North - Journal of the Federation of Ulster Local Studies (Belfast), Journal of Clan Montgomery in the USA, The Spark (Enniskillen) as well as many local history productions commemorating school reunions, church centenaries, etc. In 2005 Helen published her 728 page A"Inver Parish in HistoryA". Helen is married to John - and lives in Mountcharles, Co. Donegal and has four grown up children; Dr. Eucharia, Rosaire, Edward and Roberta.Godfrey Duffy is a writer and lecturer on Irish family history. He lives in Newcastle, UK.