Thanks for joining us here and letting us know that you are interested in learning more about your ancestors!
Before 1864 records were kept in the form of church and parish records, all the surviving records have been sorted into county-based genealogical centres. For County Down, the Ulster Historical Foundation
may be able to help as well as the local parish church
. For County Donegal, Donegal Ancestry
may be a place to look and see if they know the surnames and possible locations.
The John Grenham
website may help when using the surname search option to locate areas to concentrate on.
In 1864 civil registration was introduced in Ireland, which is when we started seeing the formal registration of births, marriages, adoptions, and deaths. These records have been kept at the General Register Office
of Ireland(GRO), through the Irish Genealogy website, to this day.
There is an existing community post on 3 steps to tracing Irish ancestors
that may be worth a look at. There are some great resources and tips to be found there too.
Have you any documents such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to help with names and locations?