Using DNA for Genealogy

A talk on using DNA for Genealogy will be given by Malcolm Houston of the Historical Society after the monthly meeting of the Ballybofey, Stranorlar and District Historical Society in Henderson Hall on Monday 25th March 2019 at approx 8.30pm The short talk will focus on DNA kits, the companies behind them and how to…

Taking history to a new level..

Historical members Malcolm Houston and Kathleen Phelan recently attended an introduction to Photogrammerty in the Donegal county museum. The training was provided under the CINE project. Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in a Northern Environment (CINE) is a collaborative digital heritage project between 9 partners and 10 associated partners from Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland…

IrishGenealogy.ie Updates

The state run free website containing the civil birth death and marriage records has confirmed that updates to the site will happen in early 2019. It reads “We are pleased to advise that in early 2019, an additional 2 years of records of births, marriages and deaths will be added to the www.irishgenealogy.ie website.  The…

2019 Calendar launched

BSD Historical Society launched the new 2018/2019 calendar, which is available in all local shops. If you would like a copy posted, please contact us here  

Monellan Castle

Monellan Castle In years gone by, one of the most impressive buildings of the time was Monellan Castle, situated a few miles north of Crossroads, Killygordon. Although it was the largest building in the Valley at the time, set in beautiful surroundings second to none in the area, it cannot be clear whether it was…

Ballybofey & Stranorlar 1958

Ballybofey & Stranorlar – 1958 Courtesy of Violet Russell, we have got a copy of some Cine camera footage from around, Ballybofey and Stranorlar, including come great footage of the trains at Stranorlar railway station.

Graveyard Surveys

We have added a new section on local graveyards.. Society member Malcolm Houston spent the summer of 2017/2018 photographing all the headstones that had not been done in some other way. Click here to view the map and explore the local graveyards

Put a face to a name and help us remember

Putting faces to names As we come to the end of 100 years of remembrance of World War 1, help us to put faces to names and remember those from all sides of the local area who died fighting in the war. Clicking here, will bring you to the list of causalities who were killed…