April 11, 2015

I have added a descendant report for my Morton family of Co. Antrim, N. Ireland at the right.




April 11, 2015

I have added Kate Connolly’s spreadsheet of tombstone transcriptions for Second Killymurris Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glarryford, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland.  You will find them in the column to the right.

To request a copy of a tombstone picture please contact Kate at


Thank you to Kate for allowing me to add these transcriptions to my blog.





April 10, 2015

I finally added a descendant report for my Stevenson family of Kildowney, Co. Antrim N. Ireland.  You will find it at the right under Stevenson Family.


I will get the Morton family report on as soon as I can.




April 10, 2015

I have just added, under Ireland Records at the right, the transcription of stones in the First Killymurris Cemetery.  This transcription was done by Kate Connolly and she has very kindly allowed me to add it to my blog.  Should someone want a copy of the pictures she took to do the transcriptions, you can contact her at

Thank you very much to allowing me to add this to the blog Kate.


Killymurris 1st Church 1




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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