Donegal Family History

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Donegal Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Donegan, Dolezal, Konefal, Donelan, Senegal, Sinegal, Dougal, Donigan

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Donegal Family Origin

Where is the Donegal family from?

Donegal Family Occupations

What did your Donegal ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Donegal occupation in the USA was Washwoman. 100% of Donegal's were Washwomans.

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  • Washwoman


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Donegal ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Donegal Historical Records

What Donegal family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 503 census records available for the last name Donegal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donegal census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Donegal

Passenger List

There are 776 immigration records available for the last name Donegal. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 160 military records available for the last name Donegal. For the veterans among your Donegal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donegal Life Expectancy

What is the average Donegal lifespan?

Between 1993 and 2004, in the United States, Donegal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2001, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Donegal in 1993 was 33, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donegal

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donegal ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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