The Donegal County Archives is celebrating its 21st birthday this year with the online publication of one of its most important collections.
The service has digitsed the county’s Grand Jury Archives, and published them online.
The Donegal Grand Jury Archive is the service’s oldest collection, dating from 1753 to 1898. Donegal County Council says is is of huge importance for local, family and academic history.
The Grand Juries, which are believed to have been in existence since Norman times, were the predecessors of modern local authorities.
They were responsible for the building and maintenance of roads and bridges, construction and maintenance of infirmaries, dispensaries, courthouses, schools and the County Jail.
These records include treasurers’ accounts and other financial records; resolutions; minutes of meetings; correspondence; and memoranda, revealing much of the social, political and economic history of Donegal and Ireland in the18th and 19th century.
The original records are held at the County Archives, but are now available for viewing online.
The service can be accessed HERE