Having recently discovered that my SWEENEY family from Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, I am researching, had an Irish background staring in 1835 with the birth of Michael SWEENEY in CO Donegal. His wife was Rose CUNAN (COONAN?) born 1840 in CO Donegal. They were married in Donegal and moved to West Lothian Scotland circa 1863-1866. They had 8 known children, 2 born in Donegal.
Irish research is new to me. How do i start? Are there specific websites that will have verified information about Irish families? Scot research was fairly easy due to the regular Census and Clan information. How do you determine when the name was McSWEENEY or MacSWEENEY?