Ireland Trip

March 28, 2014

Well again it has been quite a while since I had time to add anything to the blog.  Life seems very busy.


My family and I are planning a trip to Ireland in June to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  I am not sure how that could be possible when I am so young!  Anyway it will be a sightseeing trip and visiting with cousins rather than a genealogy trip.  Although at this point I really don’t know what more to do there.


Unfortunately I will be there at a different time than the Ballymoney Family History Conference.  I would love to go sometime.  This year it is 24-27 September.  I thought some of you might be interested in planning a trip there to attend so I am posting the booking form and the information sheet.  You will find it in a folder on the right labeled Ballymoney Family History Conference.  It is a great conference and I am sure many would benefit from it.  If you have any questions, let me know and I am sure I can find the answers from Kate Connolly.

There is still no new information about adding the cemetery book information to the Braid website.  I am finding it very frustrating.  Many people worked hard on the transcriptions and still they are not available to people who need them.




January 20, 2014

Alistair McCartney has made a list of genealogy resources for researching Co. Antrim.  He has given me permission to include it on my blog.  You will find the list at the right under Ireland Records. 


January 10, 2014

Well I have gotten 4 more letters added to the death book transcription.  You will find the file at the right under IRELAND RECORDS.

I will work on more soon.

Clough Interments Update

January 10, 2014

It has been quite a while since I posted anything here.  I have been busy traveling and not doing much genealogy.  But I am back working on things again.  I will soon post more of the deaths in Ruth McFetridge’s death book.  I have J and most of K done so far.  I will post it when I get a little more done.

I HAVE UPDATED THE CLOUGH INTERMENTS – Kate Connolly did most of the updated indexing which I appreciate very much!  You will find the link at the right under IRELAND RECORDS.

As of yet, the Braid has not gotten any of the other cemetery indexes that are completed on their website.  I am hoping that will happen in the near future.






November 3, 2012

Many of you know of or have used Cyndi’s list.  It is invaluable to people researching their families and is free.  Cyndi Howell has worked more than full time for years compiling and editing her list.  A link to her list has always been on my blog page.

It seems that someone with a “for pay” site has copied her list and put it on their site.  Now, this is clearly illegal – but more than that it is immoral.  She is working with an attorney to have something done about it.  But until that happens, I hope everyone will go to her site and support her with words or money.

This is just intolerable.  Taking the hard work of someone and using it to make yourself a profit is horrible.

The genealogy community has always been very generous with help and with the transcribing of records for the benefit of all who are searching.  I hope whoever has done this will be shunned by the genealogy community as a whole.



Please support her in her quest to have the wrong corrected.



August 22, 2012

Alistair McCartney has send more burial and plot transcriptions.  At the right you will now find – Kirkinriola plot owners updated, New Connor Presbyterian Graveyard Internments, Ballyclug (Ballylesson) Graveyard Internments and the Kells Graveyard plot owners c1875.  Thank you so much to Alistair for all this hard work.  I believe the Braid Museum in Ballymena will soon have all these transcriptions on their website.  They are working to update their genealogy section.  Work continues to photograph, transcribe and post the remainder of the burial books as Alistair works with Shirin at the Braid.  Great progress has been made!
I will shortly have the rest of the Clough internments uploaded.  Kate Connolly has transcribed the later years and I am working on getting them ready to post on the blog.


July 5, 2012

Alistair McCartney has kindly granted permission for me to add some of his N. Ireland burial and plot transcriptions to my blog.  Alistair has been working very hard on taking pictures and transcribing the pictures he took and the ones my sister and I took at the Braid Museum of the burial record and plot books.  Please note that for privacy reasons only the names of those people who owned plots that were registered 75 years or longer ago are included.  Please also note that almost all of the records begin after 1875.  One other note, there is no burial book beginning in 1875 for Kirkinriola.  There was a large burial book for Kirkinriola at the Registrar’s Office in Ballymena at one time.  It appeared to possibly be the grave tenders book.  But it along with a similar one for Clough which started in 1875 have disappeared from the Registry Office and so far no one has been able to locate them.  Hopefully they are still trying to find out what happened to them.

Books that have been added are:

Clough Internments (were already on here) 1875 – 1914

Clough Plot Owners 1875 – 1937

Drummaul Internments 1904 – 1972

Drummaul Plot Owners – 1875 – 1937

Kirkinriola Internments 1940 – 1972

Kirkinriola Plot Owners (were already on here) 1875 – 1937

The Braid Museum in Ballymena has allowed Alistair to continue taking pictures of the books and will be adding the transcriptions to their website as they have time.

This is an ongoing project being headed by Alistair and includes some other volunteer transcribers.  Thank you to Alistair and all who have agreed to help out.

I would like to comment a bit on the plot books.  Many of them list the original owner and then subsequent times the plot was either sold or passed on to a relative, sometimes with a date sometimes not.  Since we are not allowed to publish names more recent that 75 years, it makes it difficult to trace forward to a relative.  The real value of the plot books is being able to string the owners together getting hints about family relationships.  And the name of the person owning the plot is not necessarily the name of the person buried in the plot.  So, that said, I would suspect there is a way to get permission to trace a particular plot by contacting the Braid, but maybe it would require a Freedom of Information request or something.  I really don’t know the answer to that.  Maybe there is no way to see the names of the current owners.  Maybe you need to know the name of the current owner to trace it backwards, I don’t know.  Anyway, just a bit of explanation about the plot books.

I am currently working on the Fees book for a group of Ballymena cemeteries which includes who paid to buy some lots, fenders, tombstones etc.  It is going to be a while before I get very far on it.  But this will also be restricted to 75 years ago and older.

Homesteading in Kansas

May 2, 2012

I am going to add a memoir written by George Henry Shier about living in Kansas in the 1800′s.  Henry Tice Shier, Frank Tice Shier, William Robert Shier and their friend Sheldon Crittendon took up land in Kansas in the years after the Civil War.   Henry and his family stayed in Kansas but after several years, Frank, William and Sheldon returned to Michigan. George Henry is the son of Frank Tice Shier.   It is a wonderful account of life in Kansas. You will find it under the Shier family at the right.

I am also going to add a letter from George R. Shier to his brother Hurl on the occasion of his 65th birthday.  It is a lovely memoir about growing up on the farm in Kansas.

The significance of the John Harvey indenture

February 28, 2012

I have added a transcription of an indenture dated 7 Jan 1796 under the Shier family.  The importance of this indenture is as follows:

1.  It shows that Barbara Krauskopf  Shier’s first husband was John Harvey

2.  It shows that contrary to the story told by Barbara Krauskopf Shier’s niece, she was not a widow at age 19 since John Harvey was still alive in January of 1796.

3.  Henry Shier knew Barbara Krauskopf Harvey while her husband was still alive because he is a witness to the indenture.

4.  John Harvey either died or they were divorced before April 1796 because Barbara and Henry Shier are married in Montgomery Co. NY in April 1796.

The indenture is basically John and Barbara selling everything they own to pay off their debts.  What happened after that we don’t know.  Was John Harvey sick and died shortly after this?  Did Henry and Barbara do him in?  Did John and Barbara divorce?  There is another indenture later involving the property they sold into trust for their debts but it does not say if John Harvey is still alive or not.

The other names in the document are:

Peter Bruce, William Alexander, Henry Barclay, Thomas Dodds, Stephen Wendover, Joseph Hopkins, John Sullivan, Coertland Van Buren, Robert Bruce, Charles Watkins, Tobias Vanzandt, Andreas Lee, Garret Van Heim, Michael Moore, Mr. Shaw, Tallen? Chandler, Christian Smith, William Langstaffe and John Ray

Some of these people have their occupation also listed.


A little general information

January 30, 2012

For those of who aren’t familiar with my blog or don’t know how it works – if you look at the links on the right side of the main page – then click on one that interests you – it will open into a page that has a link to the documents.  For instance, my Shier descendant report is under Shier Family and is titled Hans Adam Shier descendant report.  If you click on Hans Adam Shier descendant report and then click on the link on the page that comes up, you should go to the descendant report document.


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