Wednesday 24 August 2022

Donegal Archives releases Glenties Rural District Minutes 1916-18

Donegal Archives has digitised and released another tranche from the Glenties Rural District Minute Books. Split into five parts, these books cover 1916 to 1918. They were omitted from the original releases from this collection.

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With these volujmes now available, genealogists and local historians exploring the Glenties area of the county now have free downloadable access to the Rural District Minute Books from 1913 to 1925.

While these books won't include genealogical data, per se, they can provide extraordinarily rich detail about the day-to-day goings-on in the neighbourhood where your ancestors lived.

They are, however, likely to be of most interest to the more advanced level researcher.

The image, right, is from the Minutes dated 28 October 1916. It records the delivery from a legal firm representing one Bryan O'Donnell (and others) of Stranakirk who were claiming compensation following the destruction of an 'iron and wooden bridge' they owned, and how the Councillors decided to approach the issue. Another entry suggests the matter was subsequently passed on to the local authority's solicitor.