March 3, 2015

I am adding pictures of some death cards from Ireland that Joy DeSantis took when she was there.  Thank you to Joy for allowing me to post them here.

You will find them at the right under Ireland Death Cards.

The following is a list of names and death years from the cards.  Some of the people I do have some information about, or at least have an idea of what family they belong to.  If anyone wants more information, just let me know.


Agnes (ADAMS) DUNLOP  1896

James STEVENSON 1900

James STEVENSON 1894

Rev. Isaac ADAMS 1887 (year not listed on death card – available elsewhere on line)

Elizabeth ADAMS DUNLOP 1882 (2 cards)

John DUNLOP 1893

Samuel ADAMS 1910

Margaret J. HANNA 1918

David GASTON 1982

Jane ADAMS  1893 (2 cards)

Elizabeth STEVENSON 1888

Robert LUKE 1924

David LINTON 1923

William PATTISON 1922



March 3, 2015

I have added a link at the right under genealogy websites to Dr. Walter Shier’s book.  It deals with the early history of the Shier family and then mostly concerns itself with the history of the Shiers in Canada.  Because of that my family is not actually in the book.  It is a very interesting read.  I hope you enjoy it.

An interesting Face Book experience.

February 6, 2015

So today I was informed that I am no longer part of the Ballymena Family History Group on Face Book. I am still laughing. Apparently because I don’t have time to post to the group or list my information I am not allowed to follow the conversations. I have never heard of a Face Book group like that. Who Knew??? I find nothing on the sign up page to tell me I had better post or else.

When I think of the hours of work my sister and I put into getting record books placed at the Braid museum, two trips from the U.S. to Ballymena to take pictures, record transcription, and recruiting Alistair Mccartney to redo the pictures and talking to him about spearheading the transcription project, I wonder if that wasn’t enough of a benefit to the Ballymena Family History Society to give me a pass into their little Face Book Group. Guess not. Am I insulted – yes. This doesn’t seem to me to be in the spirit of any genealogy group I have ever known.

The reason I am laughing is today I started thinking about the great newspaper clippings and death cards Kate Connelly has been adding to the Coleraine Branch FB page. I have some death card pictures from Ireland for families that I am not related to. I haven’t posted them on my blog because they are not my ancestors and I have been busy. So I thought I should maybe post them on the Ballymena FB page. Guess not.


August 7, 2014

I have finally managed to get through transcribing the M’s – so the file to the right has been updated.  I will try to keep at it over the next few weeks to get the rest of the book transcribed.  I hope I have not made too many mistakes, but should someone see something they know is not correct I would appreciate hearing from them.

Ballymena District Births

August 7, 2014

I have added a transcription of some Ballymena birth records, mostly Morton and Stevenson but there are other names also.  You will find in at the right under Ireland records.

Our Home Away from Home

August 5, 2014

I thought some of you would like to see where we stayed.  Largy Coastal Apartments in Carnlough is my favorite place to stay.  Although it is 20 – 30 min. from Ballymena it is beautiful and is a good place to start when exploring the east coast of Northern Ireland.  St. Mary’s church is just a short walk up the road.  I always go there and take pictures – for no reason really – I just like it.  No ancestors in the graveyard!


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Southwell Monor House. Court matrix Ireland

August 2, 2014

I don’t think I ever posted this picture. It is the manor house on the estate where many of the Shier’s were sent to live in Ireland. It is not far from Adair where there are still many Shier descendants. We took this picture in 2007.


Newgrange and Kells

July 30, 2014

I am going to add a few more Ireland pictures.  The following pictures are from Newgrange which is a Stone Age passage tomb.  You can learn more here:

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After Newgrange we went to Kells.  The book of Kells which is in Dublin was written here.  The round tower and the high crosses were amazing. IMG_1755 IMG_1762 IMG_1765

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!


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