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North Irish Roots – Volume 29.2 Autumn 2018

image of Volume 29.2 CoverContents

  • Editorial
  • Associate Members – Renewal
  • President’s Report
  • 1st October 1918-2018 – 100th Birthday of David Honneyman
  • 4th September 1979 – Inaugural Meeting, North of Ireland Family History Society
  • 8th September 2018 – Inaugural Meeting, South Tyrone Branch
  • Obituary – Jeanne Jordan by Rosemary Sibbett
  • Obituary – Muriel Sherlock by Ann Robinson
  • Obituary – John McCabe by Ann Robinson
  • Courses and Events, Autumn 2018
  • Competition – Scandal, Surprise, Shock
  • Branch Programmes
  • Additions to the Library
  • From County Down to Down Under – A Modern Migrant’s Voyage into the Unknown … by John Maguire
  • Mrs Copley by Ian Mack
  • The Search for John Moran by Elizabeth Scott
  • A Woman Scorned … – Breach of Promise: Harvey v Johnston by Maggie Johnston
  • Divine Intervention by Marie Crowley
  • A Tragic WW1 Romance Remembered by Trevor Whittley
  • Moore of Grangebawn – An Emigration Story by William Stranney
  • The Mystery of the Postcard Album by Elizabeth Scott
  • Correspondence – Waugh
  • Recent Records
  • Profile Forms & Contacting Members
  • Members’ Interests – Queries
  • Members’ Interests – Names Being Researched
  • Register of Reciprocal Research

More about North Irish Roots

Associate Membership Renewal

Using the online PayPal system for renewals helps to speed up the process of Renewals.
Your continued support of the work of the Society will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

North Irish Roots – Volume 29.1 Spring 2018

Volume 29.1 – Spring 2018.


  • Editorial
  • President’s Report
  • Money
  • Obituary – John McKee
  • A Programme of Courses for the Spring
  • Irish Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates
  • An Old Ballymacarett Graveyard – Charlotte Murtagh
  • A Family Secret Revealed – Elizabeth Scott
  • War Memorials
  • NIFHS Research Centre
  • Encounter in Nigeria Demolishes a ‘Brick Wall’ – Elizabeth Scott
  • FindingYour Ancestors – Martin l/FDowell
  • Maisie & Daisy
  • Additions to the Library 1 & 2
  • Correction: Members A4262 & A4266
  • I am a Nevin: the Pedigree of Eliza Hurst – Karen Mather
  • Maisie & Daisy – Answer
  • Recent Records
  • NIFHS Branch Publications
  • NIFHS Research Booklets
  • In the Footsteps of Joseph & Ruthven Emerson – Suzanne Spohn 3
  • To the Trustees & Governing Body of the Matilda Hospital, Short Summary of Vacation and Study Tour – Howard Montgomery
  • NIFHS County Booklets
  • Story of a Life – Eibhlin Moore
  • Members’ Interests
  • Names Being Researched
  • Members’ Interests – Queries
  • Register of Reciprocal Research
  • Names and Addresses

More about North Irish Roots

Associate Membership Renewal

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.

Thank you.

NIFHS Smile & Shop

Do you shop on Amazon UK?  If so, next time use the website instead of
Amazon will then, at no cost to you, pay 0.5% of your purchase price (less VAT etc.) to a charity of your choice.
One of the charities now available is The North of Ireland Family History Society.
Use this full name (as registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland) in the Charitable Organisations search box
and when displayed in the search results list Select this charity name.

Share this NIFHS Smile & Shop news with your family and friends.

North Irish Roots – Volume 28.2 Autumn 2017

Volume 28.2 – Autumn 2017.


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 you.

Family History Fair and Family Tree DNA Event

Ballymena Family History Fair and FTDNA EventThe 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

Looking forward to you joining us at The Braid this Saturday,
The Ballymena Branch Committee

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 …

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:
  1. If it is available to everyone you will go straight to the page.
  2. 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, Co. Down
– Boardmills 2nd Presbyterian Church Graveyard, Co. Down
– Bright Church of Ireland Graveyard, Co. Down
– Holy Trinity Church, Kircubbin, Co. Down
– Killysuggan Graveyard, Newtownards, Co. Down
– Magherahamlet Parish Church, Drumgavlin, Ballynahinch, Co. Down
– Saintfield 2nd Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch Road, Saintfield, Co. Down
– St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland Graveyard, Balligan, Inishargy, Co. Down
Co. Fermanagh gravestone inscriptions
– Gravestone inscriptions from Castle Archdale, Killadeas, Trory and Servicemen’s graves from two churches in Irvinestown
Co. Tyrone gravestone inscriptions
– Corrick Abbey Burying Ground, Co. Tyrone
– Corrick Abbey Families
Presbyterian Historical Society Envelopes
– A collection of correspondence to and from the Presbyterian Historical Society dating from the early 1900s up until about 1996.
Also included are some USA Obituaries and Notes from Canada.
The Irish Law Times & Solicitors’ Journal lists
– Volume VI – 1872 : A weekly Newsletter and Gazette of legal postings.

Go to the Members Only Content page.

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 leads.