The O'Doherty Heritage website is designed to be your place for all things Ó Dochartaigh. Whether your name or ancestry is from a Doherty, Dougherty, Daugherty, Docherty, Dogherty, if your family used another spelling of our name, or if you're from one of our related Donegal families, such as the McDevitt/McDaid, McBride, McConlogue, or others–we welcome you to the O'Doherty Heritage website!

The vision of the O'Doherty Heritage is "Telling our story, uniting us together." This was the same vision of our ancestors, the Ó Dochartaigh patriarchs, when they established our Clan motto, Ár nDúthchas–which means 'Our Heritage'. Below are the goals of O'Doherty Heritage:


  • Share our heritage with our entire Clan

  • Research, document, & bring our history to life

  • Curate a digital Clan genealogy research library


  • Encourage quality genealogical research

  • Promote clan identity and pride in our heritage

  • Facilitate communication amongst our clanfolk


This site is curated by Will Dougherty III under the direction of the Association of Ó Dochartaighs. ©2020 O'Doherty Heritage. Site Policies. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the site, answer your questions, or see you get involved! Email

An Example Research Project

An Examination of Evidence Relating to the Paternal Ancestry of Roswell Dougherty and Henry Dougherty

An Example Research Project demonstrating how autosomal and Y-DNA can work hand-in-hand with traditional genealogical methods and a little detective work to break through long-standing brick walls. Zack Daugherty, an Administrator of the Doherty Surname DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA, said: “I really enjoyed reading this exhaustive work and love how DNA was heavily leveraged to prove/disprove certain hypotheses. I recommend that many Ó Dochartaigh project members read this write-up to foster ideas on what they can do in their own research. A model example.”