North Irish Roots – Volume 28.2 Autumn 2017 – The Latest Issue

Volume 28.2 – Autumn 2017. Contents Editorial President’s Report Causeway Coast & Glens Genealogy Course Courses and Events, Autumn 2017 Ballymena Family History Fair Branch Programmes Additions to the Library My Family Odyssey – Catherine Quinn NIFHS at Who Do You Think You Are? Live A Short Account from Day to Day of Our Voyage on the S. S. Arawa – Michael Duffy Thom’s Ireland, City and Regional Directories, 1847-1946 C4 Gems – Family Histories Volunteers, Please Maisie’s Illustrated Relatives Jewish Birth, Naming, Marriage & Death Practices – Rivka Goldblatt Do You Know the Jamisons of Mountpottinger, Belfast or Glasgow? – Charlotte Murtagh Betham, Crossle & Thrift Genealogical Abstracts From Corraglass to the Cape Colony – the Life of Loftus Albert Maguire (1881-1942) – John Maguire Review – The Top 300 Surnames of Derry-Londonderry by Brian Mitchell – Brian O’Hara Some Publicans of Carnmoney – Chris Hill Old Photographs Letter from Ceylon – R. H. McKeag Members’ Interests – Names Being Researched Members’ Interests – Queries Names and Addresses Register of Reciprocal Research More about North Irish Roots Associate Membership Renewal An invitation to Renew Associate Membership was included in the Journals sent to Associate Members.  Using the online system helps to reduce the administration work needed to process the Renewals. Your continued support of the work of the Society will be greatly appreciated. Best wishes to you for 2018. Thank...

Family History Fair and Family Tree DNA Event

The Committee of the NIFHS Ballymena Branch invites you to their “Family History Fair and Family Tree DNA Event” at The Braid, Ballymena Town Hall, on Saturday 2nd September 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm. We would also like to extend this invitation to your friends and family. This free event is open to everyone – from beginners to experienced family historians – to discuss their family history research with a wide range of genealogy experts. The event is generously sponsored by Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). DNA testing information will be available. Among those who are expected to be at The Braid to help you in your research are: Family and Local Local History Societies Irish Origenes United Irishmen Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Presbyterian Historical Society Eddies Extracts Mid-Antrim Friends of the Somme Association Maghera Historical Society Raffle prizes are available which include: a FTDNA Autosomal test a year’s membership of the NIFHS a copy of the recently released “Family Tree Maker 2017“. This is the event of the year and not to be missed! Further information is available at www.facebook.com/ballymenafamilyhistorysociety Looking forward to you joining us at The Braid this Saturday, The Ballymena Branch...

Family Trees

The Society’s collection of Family Trees has now been indexed. Are your relatives mentioned there? Or in the Ancestor Charts? Or in the Mourning...

The late Randal Gill, IGRS Fellow

Posthumous presentation to family of late Randal Gill to mark his election as a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society – recognising his decades of dedicated service to the genealogy community in Northern Ireland and further afield. Read more...

My Family Odyssey

The result of the Competition was announced at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 May 2016. There were 18 entries received for the Competition. 1st Place – William Kelley, Associate Member, USA 2nd Place – Audrey McKeown, Branch Member, Belfast 3rd Place – Catherine Quinn, Associate Member,...

About Members-Only Content

At present there are not many Members Only records online but we hope to remedy that – but it takes time and, in the case of Church Records, permission has to be obtained from the churches.  When the Society obtained most of its church records permission was sought and given to create printed Library copies as, at the time, there was no thought of putting them online. “Surname Lists” are being added – so that you can see whether it is worth checking the printed version in the Library or, if you are unable to visit, using the Look Up Service. When viewing the Records Lists, if you click on a link one of two things will happen: If it is available to everyone you will go straight to the page. If it is only for Members you will be asked to log in (unless you have already done so once); you will then go to the page. The Members Only Content is identified by its name being shown in blue within the Records Lists.   The list of Resources available online for NIFHS Members. (Username and Password required to access them.) Parish Register Indexes – Holy Family Parish Church, Belfast: Baptisms – Marriages – Burials Co. Antrim gravestone inscriptions – St. Mary’s R. C. Parish Church, Greencastle, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim – “Our Lady’s Acre,” Longlands Road, Newtownabbey – the extension graveyard for St. Mary’s. Co. Down gravestone inscriptions – Ardglass Church of Ireland Graveyard, Co. Down – Ballycruttle R. C. Graveyard, near Downpatrick, Co. Down – Reformed Presbyterian Church Graveyard, Killinchy, Co. Down – Boardmills 1st Presbyterian Church Graveyard,...

Surnames Lists for some Church Records

Surnames Lists for the following Church Records are now available. Ballyblack Presbyterian – Baptisms, Marriages Ballyfrenis Presbyterian – Baptisms, Communicants, Marriages Ballygilbert Presbyterian – Baptisms, Marriages Ballygowan Presbyterian – Baptisms, Marriages Ballygrainey Presbyterian – Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Ballyhalbert St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland – Marriages Ballyhemlin Non-Subscribing Presbyterian – Baptisms, Marriages Ballymacarrett Methodist – Baptisms, Marriages Ballywalter Presbyterian – Baptisms, Marriages Belfast, Agnes Street Methodist – Baptisms, Marriages The Church Records page has been updated to included the links to the Lists. The Look Up Service is available for members who want to investigate any...

Welcome

Thank you for visiting our new website.  A lot of work has been done to get the enhanced content in place for the beginning of the new season of Branch Events which starts on 1 September. We hope you will be able for find something of interest in the Resources or Branches pages. All Branches events for the season have been compiled into...
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