Arrived in Ireland

June 25, 2014

We we had a good flight to Dublin and survived trying to stay awake the first day. Got lots of sleep last night. Should anyone plan a trip to Ireland, I would be glad to give some pointers and ideas, especially for County Antim.

I will post a few pictures as we go along even though they won’t be genealogy pictures for the most part. If you want to see all of my pictures with my family etc. you can sign up for my travel blog.

These pictures are of the Temple Bar area in Dublin.









May 28, 2014

The Braid Museum has gotten the plot book and interment transcriptions up on their website!!  Take a look.  Lots of information. Look under Museum – Explore your Roots – Further Genealogical Resources.

Coming in the Fall on the Braid site will be a virtual churchyard trail of pre-reformation and Covenanter churches in the Borough.


Very exciting news!

Ballymoney Genealogy Conference

May 22, 2014

I just realized that the post I wrote with the information about the Ballymoney genealogy conference never got published.  So I am attaching the information sheet and the booking form for anyone who is interested in attending.  I have heard it is a wonderful event.  Unfortunately, my trip to Ireland is not at the same time.


It is only about 4 weeks until we leave for Ireland.  We already have a lot of things planned to do and cousins and friends to visit.  I am hoping my family loves it there as much as my sister and I.


I also just realized that I have my Shier descendant report on my blog but not my Mortons and Stevenson who came from Co. Antrim.  Sometime soon I will try to fix that and get the reports posted.



RBH 2014 INFO SHEET 27.02.2014

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.


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