Donelay Family History

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Donelay 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: Donelan, Donnelly, Delay, Donegan, Donnay, Dunlay, Doney, Donley

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Donelay Family Origin

Where is the Donelay family from?

Donelay Family Occupations

What did your Donelay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Donelay occupation in the UK was Shoe Rivetter. 100% of Donelay's were Shoe Rivetters.

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  • Shoe Rivetter


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

Donelay Historical Records

What Donelay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31 census records available for the last name Donelay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donelay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4 immigration records available for the last name Donelay. 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 1 military records available for the last name Donelay. For the veterans among your Donelay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donelay Life Expectancy

What is the average Donelay lifespan?

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donelay 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donelay

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