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Lisburn People Seeking Help (sorted oldest to newest)

Peter Evison -
Email: p.evison@tesco.net

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I am trying to make contact with any relatives of Wilfred Ernest Gibson who died on 30th January 1944, then aged 31. He was serving with the Irish Guards in Italy and is buried in the Anzio War Cemetery. I understand that he originated from the Lisburn area. Peter Evison




Brenda MacCulloch - New Zealand
Email: ajmac@internet.co.nz

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Wonderful web page, so important to keep the old photos and they are so interesting. I am seeking the following lady, any help would be gratefully received. Louisa Ann LAMBERT (formerly PHILLIPS) born about 1913. Kind regards, Brenda MacCulloch, 2 Hilling Street, Titirangi, Auckland 1007, New Zealand ph. 0064 9 817 3403




Megan Ruckriegel -
Email: Megan_gemini@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Hello. My name is Megan Ruckriegel. I have tried looking through so many sites and emailing different people to try to get some help or information on Lisburn and it doesn't seem to be working. I was wondering though if you could possible help me and give me information on census records from around 1790-1850. If you are not able to find anything like that could you possibly find an old map of what Lisburn was like around that time. I am trying to find out more information on my ancestors who were Craney's that I found was also spelled Creaney. I would greatly appreciate anything you could do for me. Please send any information to Megan Ruckriegel Thank You,




Alexander J. B. King  (Sandy) - Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Email: thekings@iolfree.ie

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Searching the net for references to my great-grandfather, Alexander King, coal importer of Belfast,I came across your piece on Alexander Boyd, with a reference to coal received from Alexander King, Ltd., my great-grandfather's company. I am having difficulty finding any information about my family in Belfast, and indeed, the business, which became John Kelly, Ltd., I believe in the late 1950's. I have recently retired to Westport, from Scotland.Thanking you, in anticipation, for any information you might be able to give me.




Wendy Grant - Australia
Email: georgepatrick@optusnet.com.au

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Researching Leathem family from the Maze and Largymore also Mercer St. Lisburn.




Isabella Chappell - Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Email: WLChappell@AOL.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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My grandfather, Henry Stevenson McKeag, was a Linen Importer, with offices in Linen Hall in Belfast and in New York City. He was born in Ballybuttle in 1859, baptized at Carrowdore, immigrated to Brooklyn in 1884 and died in Montclair, New Jersey in 1928. I've been to PRONI, but I haven't been able to figure out how he was educated or why he was the only member of his family to leave Ballybuttle. His mother, Martha Beattie McKeag, listed York Street Spinning Company stock in her will and his older brother, Alexander McKeag, is listed as a York Street "manager" from 1884 to 1899. I grew up in Montclair, N.J. with a Bill McBratney in my class. I remember my mother talking about McBratney Linens and that my grandfather knew them.. In the endless surfing we all do I plugged it in after having no success with "McKeag Linens". The Thomas McKeag farm in Ballybuttle was sold in 1899 to the Garretts and that family still owns it, but I haven't been able to find out more about my grandfather by visiting. Any suggestions?




David McCormick -
Email: david.mccormick@surfeu.fi

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Looking for the Hale Family I'm hoping someone can help me out here. I'm doing a genealogy site and can't seem to find out anything about the family of R.W. Hale and Nan (Woods). I know he was a lecturer at Queens but moved to Lisburn after that. If anyone can help me out I would be very grateful.




Kathryn Fortescue - New Zealand
Email: somerset1@xtra.co.nz

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Kathryn Fortescue would like any information you may be able to give her about Hill family records. She  would particularly like to find photographs and find out more about Annie Fortescue Harrison's musical career - she wrote other songs apart from "In the Gloaming". Any leads, including local historians would be great although I think that she and her husband, Lord Arthur Hill lived at Easthamspted Park and in London rather than in Ireland.




Crawford -
Email: loganfamily@mellowparenting.demon.co.uk

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I've just come across the page on your website concerning James Logan, who was born in Lurgan in 1674. I know something of this story, as we are both descended from the same mad Sir Robert Logan, Baron Grugar, 1555-1605! Also, James and his father Patrick were probably the only Quakers in the Logan clan before myself. But I am particularly fascinated by Patrick, and how he, as an established church minister, came to be so convinced by Quakerism in its earliest form, and in Scotland to boot. Do you have any other information about him? By the way, I know that James' home at Stenton, Philadelphia, was standing a few years ago and open the public. yours sincerely,




Ian Davies -
Email: davies79@btopenworld.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I wonder if you can help me, I am trying to find out more information about my girlfriends father, His name is Desmond Douglas and his father was Frank Douglas of Lisburn. His father once owned the 'Hayloft Inn' on bridge street and I am trying to find out A: What has become of the pub, and B: If there are any photographs of the pub, past or present. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your kind help.




Chris Gaston - Seattle, Washington, USA
Email: gstn@attbi.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I know that Magheragall is in or near Lisburn. However, I cannot find a map that shows it. I would like to purchase an Ordnance Survey map, but don't know which one to buy. They are expensive in the U.S. so I'd like to make sure I'm getting the right one. Is there anyone there who could tell me which map I should order, or if not, then which direction from Lisburn is Magheragall? Also, how many miles or kilometres? Could you mention a few smallish townlands that are near it? (An ancestor of mine has come down to me as John Gaston of Magheragall. He was a Huguenot said to have come to Co. Antrim about 1668 by way of Scotland. He had three sons that I know of, named William, Hugh and Joseph.) Many thanks. Chris Gaston -- Seattle, Washington USA




Allyson Jardine - Dumfries, Scotland
Email: AllysonJa@dumgal.gov.uk

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I don't know if you can help but I have come across an ancestor, one David Carlisle, who used to live in what looks like Munce's Row Lisburn. Do you have any idea where this used to be. I have tried the Lisburn Library but although they looked in a number of sources, couldn't find any reference to it. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Allyson Jardine Dumfries




Robert Eric Rogan - Canada
Email: rogan10@cogeco.ca

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I am doing family research on the McADAM side of my family. I would like to hear from McAdams whose ancestors lived in the Dromore/Hillsborough/Lisburn areas. Given names in my files include John(Jack), Dinah, Hugh John, Sydney, William and Ruby. Thank you in advance.




Jacqueline Snider Innamorati - Clinton Massachusetts U.S.A.
Email: RSI@VERIZON.NET

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Hi. I am the daughter of Sergeant Jack Lloyd Snider who was killed during a training mission on July 29 1944. I am interested in finding out anything regarding the accident or contacting anyone else who has a relative killed in the same accident. I will be visiting Northern Ireland in Sept. of this year to visit my Dads grave for the first time. Thanks to Mr Collins who took the time to research the area of the cemetery I now have the exact site of the grave as well as pictures. I look forward to our visit to Ireland. I was born in Hamilton Ontario Canada and now live in Clinton Massachusetts U.S.A.




John Waring -
Email: cjwaring@btopenworld.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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I have acquired what I believe to be a scent fountain. It stands about 5 ft 6 ins high and is a small scale replica of the drinking fountains presented by Sir Richard Wallace to Paris. From the Internet I understand that there is at least one such fountain in Lisburn. On researching the designer whom I believe to be Charles Lebourg, I came across the references to the these drinking fountains in the Lisburn Historical section. The fountain I have acquired has no provenance. I am beginning to think that it may well have been a model for the drinking fountains but cannot get any facts to support my theory. If you can put me in touch with anyone from the Lisburn Historial Society, I shall be greatly obliged. Many thanks, John Waring




Alice Kidd - USA
Email: lona002@msn.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Hello: I am trying to find where I can check on a possible ancestor, to see where she got her name as it is almost the same as my Great Granduncle. In some listings for Blaris, Lisburn, for KIDD, WILLIAM, there is a daughter KIDD, ANNA FULTON, b. 3/16/1870 (mother SARAH LIVINGSTON). My Great Uncle was KIDD, ELIJAH FULTON, he was born in Rochester, NY, US, in 1842. Thank you for your help.




Carol Conway Bochlige - USA
Email: Carolconwayboch@aol.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Hello, I am looking for information of my Conway family in Ireland, especially for the one who came to America circa mid and early 1600.  Would there be any place you would recommend I look?  I believe he was a sea Captain Thomas or Edward Conway (brothers) and sons of Edward 1st Viscount Conway of Killultagh who died 163l.  Much thanks,




Rhonda Jordan -
Email: rlbj@hiwaay.net

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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Hello, I found your email link on Lisburn.com. I actually am trying to reach anyone who might help me in regard to your local history. In researching my family's genealogy, I found reference to the head of the transplanted BLAKENEY family as "governor of Dering's castle in Northern Ireland." This was prior to Cromwell's acts of settlement, but I'm not sure if it was the late 1500s or early 1600s. I do know that by 1600, all the Blakeneys were gone from their home in Norfolk and living in Ireland. I just don't know WHERE in Ireland prior to 1660, and this is my only clue. I'm taking a stab in the dark in thinking this refers to Sir Edward Dering. If so, perhaps someone who knows the local history could tell me if his "castle" was a property in Lisburn. Any ideas on a source for me to contact? Many thanks, Rhonda Jordan Rhonda if you read this would you please get in touch as your email is not working Jim Collins




John Lord - Ocean, NJ, USA.
Email: JRSLORD@aol.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

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John Lord, Ocean, NJ, USA. Good day. I am interested in tracing some of my family which left Derriaghy in the late 1880s. My great grandfather was William Partridge and his wife was Susan MacHenry. Supposedly the family owned a pub/tavern in the area. Do any Partridges still live in the area? Or can you direct me to someone who may have more information? Thank you so much.




Deborah Frazer -
Email: deborah.frazer@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 01/01/2004

More info:  ../history/memories/memories-2004/search-for-roots-in-lisburn.html

AN English woman researching her family tree is keen to hear from anyone in Lisburn who can help her with information on her grandfather, David Frazer. Deborah Frazer knows little of her ancestor except that he was born in Armagh and lived in Lisburn for most of his life. He was born in 1872 and is believed to have died in 1951. The only information the Frazer family have is that he worked for a newspaper which the family believe may have been the Daily Sketch. Deborah, who is tracing her family roots, says most of her relatives now live in England.




Andrew Maze. -
Email: andrew@rcl.co.uk

Date Entered: 09/07/2005

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My family name "Maze" is obviously tied into the history of Lisburn and the areas north-east of Belfast (Newtownards, Bangor etc). My ancestors settled in Lisburn some time during the mid-late 1600's as, like many, they fled France. As far as I can trace - they were also weavers or lace-makers. Are there any well kept records from Lisburn that would date from the 17th century - indicating any links our family may have had with the town. We have some pre-1860 information, where the Maze's who emigrated came from, but very little data early in the piece. Would anyone be able to help point me in the right direction? Kind regards,




Anne Nokes - Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
Email: a.nokes@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 28/01/2005

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Anne Nokes from Georgetown, Ontario, Canada My Grandfather Bryans was from Lisburn, and I know I still have family there. My mom was in Lisburn 40 years ago visiting and has since lost touch with the family. Would like to hear from anyone who knows of them. Some family names are: Josephine Heasley (I don't know her married name, her parents were Sam and Charlotte Heasley) I look forward to coming over some day, I have never heard anything but wonderful stories about the town.




Robert Wallace - New Zealand
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Date Entered: 28/01/2005

More info:  ../history/memories/memories-2005/new_zealand_man_seeking_relatives.html

A NEW Zealand man is keen to trace the history of his ancestors who came from the Lisburn area. Robert Wallace would like to make contact with any of his distant relatives still living in the city. Mr. Wallace explained he is a fourth generation New Zealander who has been given the task of satisfying a 'great desire' within his family to establish a connection with this area. So far, he explained, he has found out his great great grandfather was James Wallace, son of James Wallace of Dunmurry who married Eleanor Allen, daughter of George Allen of Ballylesson on March 23, 1826.




John P. Garrett - USA
Email: Traveler2@cablespeed.com

Date Entered: 09/04/2005

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My name is John P. Garrett and I live in the US. I am in the process of researching my family history and recently learned that my 7th great grandfather , Robert Garrett (Garret) likely came to the US from Lisburn around 1740 - 1760. I was told that there are still Garretts living in the Lisburn Area and I am hoping you may be able direct me to a way to make contact with them ? I am hoping that if any Garrett family is in the area that I may be related. I think the Spelling could be different? I would appreciate any help or possible suggestions as to where I might be able to get further information. Sincerely,  4000 Woodcove Lane, Williamston, Michigan 48895 USA




Jim Wright - Australia
Email: jamgold@austarnet.com.au

Date Entered: 05/05/2005

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I have just been reading your "can you help" page and wonder if anyone can help me with my family tree. I seek any info on Peter Breakey born about 1880 and his father Patrick Breakey. I believe Peter was born in Lisburn but any information such as the parish would be much appreciated. I know it's a long shot. I come from England but now live in Australia. Great site by the way.  Jim Wright




Charlotte Curry Gribben Levy - Glasgow, Scotland
Email: c.levy3@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 08/09/2005

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My name is Charlotte Curry Gribben Levy from Glasgow and I am looking for the descendants of my grandparents charlotte Jane Currie and George Gribben married in Lisburn cathedral on 31/04/1904. at that time they lived George at 20 Millbrook charlotte at 30 low road. My ggandparents had three children Samuel, Seline, Charlotte when they came to live in Coatbridge in Scotland. Charlotte Jane died in 1915 George in 1932. This is all I know about my Irish family except that my aunt visited Lisburn up until the 1940s  




Rosemary Bidgood - New Zealand
Email: rgbidgood@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 08/09/2005

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My name is Rosemary Bidgood from New Zealand and I am seeking Decendants of Samuel James Duffy Johnston born in Belfast in 1800's. My grandfather James Johnston was born in Lisburn 1862. I would like to contact any descendants as I plan to visit and work in Ireland. Regards  




Adrienne Carson - New Jersy, USA
Email: adriennecarson@aol.com

Date Entered: 06/07/2006

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'Hello! I am writing because I found a posting by another person named Adrienne Carson on this website. I am interested in contacting her because of the coincidence. I am Irish/ Scottish American but know little about my family tree. Would love any information that might point me in the direction of my ancestry. (USA/ New Jersey)




William Dunshea-Fleming - Geelong, Australia
Email: kerifrank@aapt.net.au

Date Entered: 30/09/2006

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William Dunshea-Fleming from Sydney Australia now living in Geelong Australia would like some information on a William Dunshee(a) born in Lisburn and married Jane Fleming who also came from Lisburn.




Mrs. Cynthia Hull - Victor Harbour, Australia
Email: muzz@hotkey.net.au

Date Entered: 01/12/2006

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Australian woman seeks help in tracing Lisburn ancestors LOCAL people are being asked to help an Australian woman search for her ancestors. Cynthia Hull, who lives 'down under' in Victor Harbour is searching for the family of her ancestor, Samuel Hull and his wife Agnes (nee Smyth). Samuel and Agnes had 13 children. They were John Willard Hull, Elizabeth, William, Mary, Anna, Louisa, Robert, Harry, George, Alfred (Fred), Samuel Edwin, Emma and Agnes Sarah. John Willard Hull retired to either South Africa or North America. He had a daughter Melissa Stodart Hull and a son Frederick George. However, Cynthia doesn't know if there were any other siblings.




Kate Smyth - Devon, England
Email: katerudin@blueyonder.co.uk

Date Entered: 22/12/2006

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Kate Smyth is seeking information. I am from Devon but my two of my great aunts were born in Lisnagarvey one on the 28th May 1878 and the other on 9th July 1876 Their names were Mabel and Clementina Caroline Irvine. I believe that their elder sister might have died there a one, Williamina Irvine born in Monifieth in 1870. I am not sure what my ggrandfather was doing there. His name was Duncan Irvine. After leaving Ireland he appears to have gone to England with his family. He was a Master Gardener.




S. D. Holland -
Email: sdholland@mindspring.com

Date Entered: 22/12/2006

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1898 Joseph Holland Dickson was born in Lisburn, Union of Lisburn, County of Antrim & Down. Searching for some information as it gives Largymore/Blaris county of Down on his birth registry #194. Thanks for any assistance.




Shirley Bork -
Email: shirley.bork@btopenworld.com

Date Entered: 22/12/2006

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Seeking George McBratney and further information on George Rawdon. Especially any way of getting a list of names of people who came from Yorkshire to settle in Lisburn with him.I have info from the Rawdon end. What happened to Brilliana ? If I say my pen name is Charlotte Rawdon you may see how interested I am. SB




Linda McKinstry - Canada
Email: lena48@telus.net

Date Entered: 30/12/2006

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Linda McKinstry is seeking information. Some of my family came over from Ireland to Canada in the mid 1800's. And some stayed in the area of Mullaghglass. Robert McKinstry and Jane (nee Waring) had 6 children. The two oldest stayed in Magheragall area. The younger ones John, David, Elizabeth Jane, and James went to Ontario Canada with the parents. I do not know where they landed in North America or on what ship they travelled. The oldest Anne McKinstry born about 1833 married 1856 John Cox born 1831 both from Mullaghglass. They had 4 children Ann Jane, Mary Elizabeth, John Waring, and James. The second child Henry McKinstry born 1837 Mullaghlass Lisburn, married 1860 Mary Smylie born 1840 in Slievenacloy. They had 7 children Anne, Henry, Phillip, John, George, Francis, and Mary. I am sure I must have cousins in the area and would love to get to know them. I also would really like to know more on my Family. I hope someone can help. Thanks Linda




Stiofain - UK
Email: stiofainx@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 04/01/2007

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I am doing a site about the history of Glasgow zoo where Davy Jones worked for a while and your help with any info about Davy would be greatly appreciated. I have attached the photo on the back it says roughly in pen "The Irish Colonel Tom Thumb Glasgow Zoo 1938" I would greatly appreciate it if you can confirm it is Wee Davy Jones any info and pictures you can give me about Davy would be great I have heard about his wee car would you be able to get me some pictures of it? I hear it is in the Ulster transport museum I hope we can work together to make sure Davys isn't forgotten Stiofain




Alex Hassett - Ireland
Email: alexhassett@eircom.net

Date Entered: 02/02/2007

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I'm looking for a man named Timothy (Tim) O'Sullivan, from what I know I think his family came from Lisburn. If anybody could help me in any way I'd be much obliged! Thanks




Tom Henderson -
Email: c.henderson5@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 02/02/2007

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Hi, recently I started researching the Andrews side of my family and discovered that they were from Blaris Lisburn. My Great Grandfather was Jonas Andrews and he married Minnie McKeown also of Blaris in 1901. Minnies father was John McKeown a Publican in Lisburn. I have been able to trace back as far as 1787 on the Andrews side but I'm not having the same good fortune on the McKeown side. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards. Tom Henderson




Jon Nesbitt - Alberta, Canada
Email: jon.nesbitt@brooksbulletin.com

Date Entered: 03/02/2007

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Jon Nesbitt from Brooks, Alberta, Canada would like to find his Lisburn relatives. "I understand we have a large family still in Lisburn but I have unable to find them. My grandmother was a Lindsay and grandfather was James Nesbitt"




Marjorie Lane - Wasaga Beach Ontario Canada
Email: lane43@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 05/02/2007

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Marjorie Lane from Wasaga Beach Ontario Canada (Born in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria). I am looking for info on my great grandfather Isaac Gorman born 1841 Aghalee, he married a Mary Toye born 1840 moved to Cumberland England had 5 boys William b.1871, Francis b.1874 Phillip b.1875, Isaac, b 1878 Daniel (my grandfather) b.1879 any help on knowing if Isaac had any brothers or sisters would be greatly appreciated or any other family connection. Regards Marjorie Lane (nee Gorman)




Robyn Hogan - Sydney, Australia
Email: robynhogan@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 22/02/2007

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Robyn Hogan from Sydney Australia Information: My great-grandfather was Thomas Rossbotham, born 17 March,1854 - perhaps in Ballymacarret or Lisburn, and he named John Rosbotham and Catherine Clark(e) as his parents on his marriage certificate. He was Presbyterian and I know had siblings, Matthew, John, William and George and perhaps a half-sister or cousin Eliza. If anyone is a researcher in this area of Belfast, I would love to hear from them with a view to engaging them in some genealogical research. Or, if anyone can help me with any information I would be extremely grateful. Thank you, Robyn




Emily Streett - Washington, DC, USA.
Email: ewstreett@comcast.net

Date Entered: 22/02/2007

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Emily Streett from Washington, DC, USA I'm trying to get information on family members of Henry Monro(e), a Lisburn linen merchant who was hanged in the Rebellion of 1798. He is said to be an "uncle by marriage" to the first immigrant to the USA from my Irish ancestors, the Gormans. The Gorman family was probably living in or around Lurgan at the time.




Allen Harrison - N. Ireland
Email: edistoallen@bellsouth.com

Date Entered: 22/02/2007

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Allen Harrison from Llewellyn Ave. Lisburn now living in South Carolina. USA. Information: Would like to get in touch with Billy Lowry…who wrote the article in the Star about Llewellyn Ave.




Dorothy Tidball - Torquay, Devon, England
Email: dtidball53@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 22/02/2007

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I was born in Belfast (Dorothy Elizabeth Joan Allen) now married and living in Torquay, Devon Information: I am interested in tracing the history of the Huguenots in Ireland as my paternal great, great grandmother was called Anna Clokey (Cloquet) from Ireland. Been told she was descended from the French Hugeunots.




Daphne Tkachuk (nee Martin) - Saskatoon, Sk. Canada
Email: info@lisburn.com

Date Entered: 06/03/2007

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Daphne Tkachuk (nee Martin) From Lisburn now living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada would like information  on the "Blakney Family" from Lisburn. "One name that I remember was Sam Blakney. My grandfather Martin's mother name was Bakney and that is a side of the family that I have totally lost contact with. Please help if you can."




Leonard Cree - N. Ireland
Email: stacey.heaney@jpress.co.uk

Date Entered: 09/03/2007

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A LOCAL man is searching for information about a set of old photographs that were given to his father. Leonard Cree is keen to hear from anyone who knows the man in the photographs or has any information about him. The three pictures, which have the inscription 'Love from Jim, Jerusalem, Palestine, 24/9/42' on the back, show a gentleman in what is thought to be a Royal Military Police uniform. Leonard's father, Leonard senior, was given the photographs between 10-15 years ago and also served in Palestine. Anyone who has any information on the man in the photos can contact Stacey Heaney in the Star on 92679111 or email stacey.heaney@jpress.co.uk.




Tom Henderson - Colchester, Essex, England
Email: frank.linn@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 13/03/2007

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Tom Henderson from Belfast  now living Colchester Essex Hi, great site. I was wondering if anyone out there had info on a Mckeown family. My Great Grandfather was Jonas Andrews of Blaris Lisburn, he married Minnie Mckeown daughter of John Mckeown of Lisburn who was a Publican. I have been able to trace back a few Andrews but I can get no further than John on the Mckeown side. Any help would be appreciated. Regards Tom




Kay Allen - Panama City, Florida, USA
Email: mekaeight@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 13/03/2007

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Kay Allen from Panama City Florida, USA I am looking for any information of my GG Grandfather, Joseph Patterson Greenlee born in 1802 in Lisburn. I am planning a trip to Northern Ireland in the near future and would like to visit Lisburn.




Judy Morris - Weston, Ontario, Canada
Email: ej.morris@shaw.ca

Date Entered: 13/03/2007

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Judy Morris from Weston, Ontario, Canada now living Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada I am looking for possible cousins or second cousins. My grandfather was Samuel James Totten who came to Canada and settled in Weston, Ontario around 1892. His younger brother Jack came with him. He went to Moira School which I understand is in Lisburn. If anyone knows of this family I would be delighted to hear from you.




Bert McGarry - Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Email: bertmelva@paradise.net.nz

Date Entered: 13/03/2007

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Bert McGarry 31 Murray Court, Paraparaumu, New Zealand would like to find some information of his descendants I am looking for anyone who may have connections with descendants of Lawson McGarry, Wife Sarah Dillon their children Mary b 2/2/1829, Jacob my G Grandfather 3/1/1832, George b 12/6/1834, Joseph b 7/10/1836. John b 1845. Jacob joined the British Army, fought in Crimean and China wars, Married Louisa Blakemore 14/9/1867, came to New Zealand 1874 Jacob and George birth registered in Moira, Family lived Ballyknock, Barnsly Row and old warren town, can anyone help, what happened to the other siblings of Jacob. Children of Lawson Mc Garry and Sarah Dillon, Jacob their eldest son my G Grandfather what happened to his other brothers George, Joseph, John.? May have been others.




Jean Tarr - Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Email: jean.tarr2@tiscalli.co. uk.

Date Entered: 16/03/2007

More info:  ../archives/info/2007news/william-john-mcdonald.html

THE daughter of a man who left Dunmurry more than 60 years ago to start a new life in England has appealed for information about her father's extended family. Jean Tarr of Chesterfield in Derbyshire explained her Dad, William John McDonald who was also known as Jackie, left Northern Ireland in 1944 at the age of just 20. He now lives in Darleston in the West Midlands and as he approaches the age of 83 Jean is keen to hear from anyone who can help locate the people he knew as he grew up.




Willie Hutchinson - N. Ireland
Email: willie.18@tiscali.co.uk

Date Entered: 19/03/2007

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Willie Hutchinson Greenisland Co Antrim I'm wondering if anyone can help me? I'm doing a family tree for the FLEETON /TOTTEN family who lived in the BALLINDERRY area and came across the photo in your memories photograph section of Lisburn College taken in 1930 with the name of ? Fleeton sitting in the front row and would like to know if anyone can help me with his first name or were he lived. Photograph of Lisburn College taken in 1930




Isabel Begley - Manchester, England
Email: macne@talk21.com

Date Entered: 24/03/2007

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Isabel Begley from Lisburn/Dundalk now living in Manchester. I used to live at Kitty Molloy's in Market St (c1934) -love to see any photos of her shop if anyone has them and that part of town. Anyone who knew her or even me feel free to get in touch in particular : Lorna Kerr daughter of Kathleen Kerr or any relatives of ! Lovely to see old and new Lisburn. Isabel (Irish dancer !)




Maureen McBride (nee Hopcroft) - Ontario, Canada
Email: hmc briide29@sympatio.ca

Date Entered: 02/04/2007

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Maureen McBride (nee Hopcroft) has been trying to get in touch with a long time friend called Ethel Carinduff formally Ethel Martin, Last known address was Hartford square Knockmore. Any information you can supply would be most appreciated




Gavin Bamford - N. Ireland
Email: gavinbamford@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 02/04/2007

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Gavin Bamford would like some information on North Circular Road. I moved into North Circular Road a few years ago now and am very interested in the old road.  I would love to know its history and also if anyone has any old photos of the houses at my end (the park).I have seen moving film images taken in 1897 from a train as it passes through Lisburn of the whole road behind the big railway wall.  My group of 3 Victorian terrace are there to see.  It's in the library under Digital Fim Archive for all to see, just search under Lisburn.  I think my block may have been built in 1870 with the 4 semi-detatched ones on either side possibly later in the new century.Hope you can help. Regards & thanks, Gavin Bamford




Roger Thompson - N. Ireland
Email: ronald@rmccomb.orangehome.co.uk

Date Entered: 08/04/2007

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Roger Thompson Hi I am trying to get information on my Grandfather John Pyper who was head of Craigmore school up to 1935. He was active in the Methodist church. He married a Dinah McCord who was the daughter of George and Elina McCord (nee Bunting) I am looking for details of them and trying to get details of John Pyper who was born in 1874. I believe he was born in the Lisburn area. Thanks Roger




Craig Gaston - Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 
Email: craigpgaston@videotron.ca

Date Entered: 08/04/2007

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Craig Gaston from Gatineau Quebec, Canada  would like some help. Father born in Portrush, Co. Antrim. I was very interested in reading The Huguenots of Lisburn by by E. Joyce Best. There is a reference in this book to a "denizations list". We are researching our early Gaston ancestors, mentioned in the book. Apart from the Lisburn Gaston family there are a couple of others around Ballymony and further north that we know of from the hearthmoney lists. It would be helpful to find when they arrived in Antrim. Any information you could provide would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Craig Gaston




Ronnie McComb - N. Ireland
Email: ronald@rmccomb.orangehome.co.uk

Date Entered: 24/04/2007

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Ronnie McComb would like some information about his Dad Jim. This is the photo of my dad, Dennis McComb I think he is about 17 or 18 in this photo. I know that he joined Lisburn A. B. C. in 1953 along with his brother Eric McComb. I have been told that they both started boxing at an early age in a small gym somewhere around the chapel hill area I think it was behind Haig's pub but I am not sure If we could find any photos and information regarding their time boxing I would be grateful.




Casey  Mulcaster - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Email: info@trispiralaroma.com

Date Entered: 02/05/2007

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Casey  Mulcaster whose Mother's family is from Belfast and Lisburn and living in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada would like some help. I am trying to locate my uncle, Vernor McAfee. I am the great-grand daughter of Vernor McAfee, chief of the Lisburn Fire Brigade 1936. I believe my uncle still resides in Lisburn. Thank you.




Suzanne Stephens - Fairfax, USA
Email: neil.greenlees@jpress.co.uk.

Date Entered: 04/05/2007

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IS your name Lane, Irvin(e) or Irwin? If so, then you may be able to help a mother and daughter seeking information about their ancestors. Suzanne Stephens who lives in Kuerten, Germany and her mother lone Harriet Irvin Stephens of Fairfax, USA visited Ireland three years ago and traced family roots in Co.Down. Two years ago Suzanne visited the Dumfries area of Southern Scotland and traced their path from there across the Irish sea. However, she is not sure when they left Scotland for Ireland or when they left Ireland for the USA. Mrs. Stephens Senior has been carrying out genealogy research for many years and knows her grandfather James Irvin was born in Co. Down in 1836. His wife Lizzie Lane was born in Co. Antrim in 1856 or 1859 and the couple were married on March 8, 1855 in Bushmills. Mrs. Stephens great-grandfather John Irvin was born in Co. Down in 1804 as was his wife Mary in 1800. Other ancestors were also born in Co. Down and research carried out by the two ladies at the Public Records Office in Balmoral Avenue has shown there may well be strong family ties with the Ballynahinch area. If you can help in any way please' contact Neil Greenlees at the Ulster Star on 02892679111. Alternatively you can email neil.greenlees@jpress.co.uk.




Ellie - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Email: nev021778@aol.com

Date Entered: 08/05/2007

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Ellie from Philadelphia Pa. USA. was wondering if anyone had any information on a family by the name of Gribbin. John Gribbin Jr was my great grandfather . I know he had a sister and I believe a brother Francis. He was baptized in St Patrick's Aghagallon. His parents were John Gribbin and his mother was Catherine (nee Downey ) thank you for any help




Ray Collins - Melbourne. Australia
Email: rcoll22@bigpond.com

Date Entered: 11/05/2007

More info:  http://lisburn.com/archives/info/2007news/appeal-from-down-under.html

Appeal from Down Under to help find family of RAF man AN AUSTRALIAN had made an appeal to local people in a last ditch effort to find out about an RAF Sergeant from Hillsborough who died on the same flight as his older brother during the war. Ray Collins, who is 74 and lives in Mebourne, is trying to locate family, friends, or acquaintances of Sergeant John Ritchie McDowell (Jimmy), attached to the 101 Squadron at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire. For more info please click here




Brian Law - Glasgow, Scotland
Email: irishbrianlaw@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 25/05/2007

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Brian Law from Glasgow would like some help. My gt grandfather Michael Sloan came from Lisburn district, his father was Bernard Sloan, he came to Govan Glasgow about 1870, I believe there is still family there, they had kept contact to early 50's my gt uncle father Michael Sloan used to be a visitor to the family I believe Michael had a brother called James, his mothers name was Rose McCoey? Michael was a seamen and he died at sea early 1900's we had a large extended family in Govan and I believe the same in Ireland. Michael married my gt grandmother in Govan 1872, she also came from the Lisburn area, her name was Sarah Dowdall, and her father was Henry Dowdall, and her mother was called Sara Dunbar Dowdall, the names Bernard, Barney, John, Michael Patrick, and Mary, and Joseph, are all handed down through the Sloan's. They also had family in Motherwell and Dundee, Sloan, Davy's and Ponsonby's I was always told that my family came from Lisburn district or townlands, I hope that some body from the area my have some knowledge of the Sloan's and may be able to help me fill in the spaces of my family tree, all old folk have passed on and taken the knowledge with them .my grandfather in Govan was also named Michael Sloan, and he married my grandmother Maggie Ryan, and her family came from Sligo, as I said I hope that someone may be of help to me .




Pauline Dann - New Zealand
Email: g.p.dann@clear.net.nz

Date Entered: 01/06/2007

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A WOMAN from New Zealand has recently been in touch with the Star seeking information about her ancestors. Pauline Dann is hoping to contact descendants of Charles Alexander McNickle, the son of George and Agnes (nee Doherty) McNickle, who was born in 1906. She is the descendant of George's sister Margaret McNickle who married William Kennedy. Both Margaret and William died in New Zealand while their children were still young. This has caused Pauline great difficulty in trying to trace her family tree, so she now wishes to hear from any relatives interesting in contacting her. Pauline's address is 10 Swansea Place, Tamatea, Napier, New Zealand.




Sally Cordner (nee McCartney) - Canada
Email: sallycordner@shaw.ca

Date Entered: 05/06/2007

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Sally Cordner (nee McCartney) is interested in finding anything about the Lavery family from the Old Hillsborough Rd, Lisburn, then went to Australia in the early 50s there was Mr & Mrs Lavery Betty, Sheila & Jim. Sheila & I were friends but lost contact many years ago. Thanks Sally Cordner (nee McCartney)




David Jefferson - Kandanga, Queensland, Australia.
Email: djefferson@optusnet.com.au

Date Entered: 13/06/2007

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David Jefferson from Derriaghy Northern Ireland now living in Kandanga, Queensland, Australia. Would like some information: my brother and sister who both live in the north of Ireland have searched the family tree and the records stop around 1800 could you please tell me why Morrow is mums maiden name




Shanel Woods - Bloomington Illinois, USA
Email: Sexythicdyme69@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 13/06/2007

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I currently live in Bloomington Illinois. I am the daughter of Teresa bray and looking for information about her father Vernon camp and some information about my deceased mother.




Peter J  Smith - Timaru, South Island, New Zealand.
Email: pjsmith@farmside.co.nz

Date Entered: 10/07/2007

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Peter J  Smith from Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand now living in Timaru, South Island, New Zealand. Seeking information on my 2 x Great Grandfather Samuel ROSS born 1790 at Hillhall, Drumbo, County Down. Samuel went to sea in 1812 and in the 1820s was a Coastguard at Muckross and Killybegs,Donegal. He married Jane BROWNE and had two daughters Jane and Ellenor. They moved to Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland where Jane died in 1831. Samuel then married a local lass Agnes MENZIES and had further children. Any assistance appreciated, Regards Peter




Rosemary Totton - Auckland, New Zealand.
Email: krisstott@gmail.com

Date Entered: 20/08/2007

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Rosemary Totton from Auckland, New Zealand. Totton family appear to originate from the Lisburn district…I believe my forebears lived at Deerpark (Totten household 1851 Census) Interested in obtaining the book "Heterogenea or Medley" by J M Johnston (1803)….Also would like to make contact with any Totton/Totten/Tottin, Tottons/Tottens/Tottins..etc descendants in the area. They may be interested to know a yDNA test shows the Totton forebears had Anglo-Saxon roots. Most important of all - want to find when our Totton "clan" first came to the area, and why. Many thanks for any info re Lisburn




John Nelson - New Zealand
Email: jsn@ihug.co.nz

Date Entered: 20/08/2007

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John Nelson Born in Bangor but family emigrated to Australia. Now living in New Zealand and trying to research my deceased Grandmother's history. My Grandmother "Maria Jane Thompson" is registered as born in Armagh in 1901. I believe she came from Aghalee. Her father was John Mulholland. Her Mother was surnamed Lonsdale? Or Glover?. If anyone can help with some detail. I understand life was very hard then and her mother died when she was 11. She then entered into service as scullery maid? Possible sister/brother was Margaret/Billy I would be most grateful for any help. I have loved reading the "Rambler" articles on this site. Regards John Nelson




Joe d'Annunzio - Canada
Email: iosono@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 21/08/2007

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Joe d'Annunzio: From Liverpool England now living in Canada. I need info on my 4G-grandfather James McFarlin/McFarland married in 2nd Boardmills church in 1790. Can anyone tell me where I can view a copy of the marriage details, I'm looking for his parents or where he was born. Thanks




Anne Rose Botha (nee Rawlings) - Durban, Couth Africa
Email: annerb@mweb.co.za

Date Entered: 15/09/2007

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Anne Rose Botha (nee Rawlings) from Durban, South Africa would like some help. I have a copy of the Obituary of Samuel Keightly J.P. who passed away on 11-8-1900. I have a copy of a marriage certificate of Joseph Carl Keightley to Janet Doherty, in King Williams Town, Cape Province, South Africa dated 1-1-1843. Present was Elizabeth Keightley. I am LOOKING to link the two Keightley men. Be them brother's or cousin's or whatever next of kin. Please see my email address to contact me.




Steve Hart - France
Email: steveandmariahart@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 18/09/2007

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Steve Hart from France would like some information I'm a WWI enthusiast and have been asked by a close friend to help get some info on her grandfather WILLIAM HOLMES. He served in WWI with the Irish Guards and was awarded the DCM by the King personally. She believes he was or ended up as either a Regimental Sergeant Major or a Sergeant Major. As a result of the act that brought him the DCM medal he was also given the Freedom of Lisburn. Not sure if that means he was a resident of the city? The only other thing that she thinks she knows about him was that around 1918-1919 he was stationed and billeted in the Tower of London. The family story is that he got the DCM for rescuing or bringing back a badly wounded officer in France. What she'd like to know is: Did he get the freedom of Lisburn. What battalion Irish Guards did he serve in. What was the story behind his DCM and where did the action take place. ANYTHING you could do to point us in the right direction of getting some answers to these questions would be very much appreciated. Thanks for responding.




Ann Clark - Sidney, BC, Canada
Email: aelynch@shaw.ca

Date Entered: 29/11/2007

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Ann Clark from Sidney, BC, Canada V8L 4J5 is looking for any connections to the family of Andrew Morrow and Phoebe Shilcock who were married in 1840 in Waringstown. The family included 7 sons & 1 daughter - David, John, James, William, Hamilton, Andrew (my great grandfather) and Mary Elizabeth. My mother's family came from Lisburn.




Beth Hall - Gooseberry Hill, Perth, Western Australia.
Email: beth@akaroa.ws

Date Entered: 08/01/2008

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Beth Hall from Gooseberry Hill, Perth, Western Australia. Researching GGGrandfather William Smith parents David Smith and Harriet Shillington. William was a weaver who joined British Army at Lisburn in 1820. I have the full history of him and his family from that point. Apart from being more exciting why would a young weaver at the age of 17 join the army. There was a bounty. William ended up in NZ and died there aged 83 after serving with the 63rd Regt of Foot in Portugal, Van Diemen's Land, India, England, Newry and then as a Fencible going to NZ in 1849. Grateful for any assistance anyone can give. Great website and have really enjoyed reading it. Kind regards Beth Hall




Glen Coates - Eastbourne, England
Email: info@lisburn.com

Date Entered: 22/02/2008

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Man seeks help to find grandfather A RESIDENT of Eastbourne is looking for information about his paternal grandfather who was born in Lisburn during the last decade of the 19th century. Glen Coates knows his grandfather George Edward Coates was born around 1894/95 and his father, Thomas, was a farmer. Either his mother or sister was called Sarah and he may also have had a cousin called Jack (John) Lavery who came from Newry. Mr. Coates also knows his grandfather married Doris Small in Plumstead, London in 1922. His life ended at the age of 58 three decades later in 1952. However, as Mr. Coates explained, obtaining information about his grandfather's later life has proved difficult. "Unfortunately due to family circumstances of which I am not clear, he was not part of my father's life towards the end of his own life as my grandmother remarried when he was very young." If you can help please get in touch with Neil Greenlees at the Star on 9267911 or e-mail: neil.greenlees@jpress.co.uk or info@lisburn.com




David McCambley - UK
Email: david.mccambley@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 17/05/2008

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David McCambley would appreciate any information you can give about the McCamley/McCambley family who looked after the the old Blaris graveyard for more that 150 years. Can you sequence the names of the caretakers in charge over the years ? I know that they lived in the house that once stood at the gates of the graveyard This photo is of a graveheadstone in Old blaris graveyard. The name McCamley changes halfway down to McCambley. The men of this family looked after the graveyard for over 150 years .Can anyone give me more information about John McCamley who died 16th August 1851 aged 68 years? There is also a Lambeg drum(known as 'Elvis' somewhere in the Lisburn locality with a portrait of a John McCambley. Is this a son of the John McCamley? Any lead to sources about the Family or surnames would be very much appreciated/ George McCambley 17/05/2008




Wane Hardman - UK
Email: wayne@thurnscoe.co.uk

Date Entered: 11/07/2008

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Wane Hardman I'm looking for some relations I have in Lisburn. They are Gary, Tracey and Alan Hardman, children of Patricia, she would be about 65 now. The 'kids' would be in their 40s. My father's also their father, but since he moved away from Northern Ireland (was in the army) he's had no contact with them. I reckon it'd put a smile on his face if anyone could find them.




Jim Collins - N. Ireland
Email: info@lisburn.com

Date Entered: 03/07/2008

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Sole Family Mrs. A. E. SOLE, Greenview Stores, 108 St. Stephens Green W., DUBLIN, C. 2. If anyone has any information about this family would they please get in touch with Jim Collins.




Gail Fishman - Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Email: grtener@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 19/07/2008

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Gail Fishman is looking for information on James McGovney (McGoveney) who immigrated from Lisburn, Ireland in 1782, aged 18. Later fought in the American Revolution and settled in southern Ohio. I live in Tallahassee, Florida. Effie Jane McGovney was my grandmother. I also have a great grandmother named Jane (Collins) Fitch. Her family came from Ireland around 1848-1849 (father James McGovney) and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio where he ran a furniture store. I've not determined what part of Ireland they came from. Thanks for your help! Gail Note. Hi Jim, a few months back I posted a note on your Lisburn Web site looking for information on James McGovney. I've received e-mails from John McGoveney Phillips who lives in England and I believe we may be cousins. Thanks for allowing me to post the note and connecting with a probable relative, Take care, Gail Gail Fishman




Johnny Graham - N. Ireland
Email: Jonnhy@pjfcomputesolutions.co.uk

Date Entered: 29/07/2008

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Johnny Graham is looking for information on his Great Uncle the boxer Jim (Isaac) Keery. As he would love to know more about him and his life. Also about a man called Ernie Graham who died a while ago but his death was a mystery he jumped of a boat that was heading to England or it was to a place in that direction but he was never found after that.




Stephen Little -
Email: skits84@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 30/07/2008

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Stephen Lyttle is looking info on the Lyttle family and the Roberts family. This is for my sons school project and he needs to research his family tree. LYTTLE: I know the my Great Granny Louisa Lyttle lived in 8 Wesley Street most of her life but I don't know much about my Grand Father. They had 3 Children Lorenzo, Kathleen and Jack. ROBERTS: I know my Granda Leonard and my Nanny Elizabeth lived in Milltown Estate for 30 years or so and they have 6 children. I think they were orginally from the Magaberry/Moria area. Leonard came from a large family of 9 Girls and 4 boys and Elizabeth had 1 brother called Thomas.




Joyce George - USA
Email: crazyjoy1954@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 25/08/2008

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I am researching my Creighton Family. The story is told that Samuel Creighton moved to Drumalla, Ireland, then to Dromore to get land. He rented a large stone house form the Marquis of Downshire. Samuel left Ireland and sailed for America about 1818/1819. Samuel had 11 children all born in Ireland. His daughter Elizabeth died at the age of 12 in Ireland, and his daughter Charlotte died in Ireland of smallpox. I am just trying to verify the stories and document what information that I have.




Donna Lyness Carlson - USA
Email: D.hascupcarlson@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 5/01/2009

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My great-grandfather was John Lyness.He was born in Lisburn in 1875. I found him in the 1901 English Census in Oxford,St. Mary Magdelene Parish, at the age of 26. He was employed as a service at that time. Shorty after he emigrated to America and married Katherine Moore and woked for the Long Island RR. I am Looking for any Lynesses that can help me trace his history. Thank you!




Nancy Wilson -
Email: nwwilson@hughes.net

Date Entered: 28/02/2009

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Nancy Wilson would like some help My grandfather William Ernest Watson, who was originally from Hillsborough, left Ireland in 1922. He was the son of a man named Tommy Edward Watson who lived at Walnut Hill in Hillsborough. He married Emma McKenna from Lisburn. Some of the Watsons stayed on in your area. The latest information I have is that one of the Nephews still lived at Walnut Hill in l978. Do you have anyone in your area that might know of this family. Thank you.




Bernadette Wright nee Mullan - N. Ireland
Email: berni59@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 21/03/2009

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I would like to contact a friend of mine who went to the U. S. A.. Her name was Jane Heekin, she was from Tonagh estate. She has a nephew listed on the exiles page.




Marie Seymour - USA
Email: Maries66@live.com

Date Entered: 08/04/2009

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Hi, I'am looking for a old Friend. The last time I saw him was ten years ago when I was over there. He lived in Lurgan, Co. Armagh. His name is Adrian goodfellow. I would highly appreciate if you could help me find him, his parents lived in the same area. Thanks so very much Marie seymour Worcester Mass, USA




John Pelan - England
Email: dna@pelan.org

Date Entered: 17/04/2009

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I am looking for people with the surname Pelan who are interested in genealogy and/or the origins of their surname and are willing to share ancestral information. Any male Pelans willing to participate in a genetic study of the surname are also sought. Many thanks.




Matthew McComb - England
Email: matt.mc2@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 27/04/2009

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Hi my grandfather allways told me stories of wee Davy Jones, he would say that he would sit on his shoulders and sit on his fathers sweet shop counter, the name of the shop I do not know. My grandfather was called Charles McComb, if anyone can help with info on my grandfather that would be great.




Laverne Conway - USA
Email: Lconway@sonic.net

Date Entered: 08/05/2009

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Hi, I'm looking for information based on the Lisburn Historical Society on-line information regarding a Lt. Thomas Conway of Derriaghy: http://www.lisburn.com/books/historical_society/volume9/volume9_3.html "In 1692, some thirty years after the return of these two members, Jeremy Taylor's son in-law, Edward Harrison of Magheralave (Note 18) was returned as one of the two members for Lisburn in the first Parliament of William III." Note 18: "Son of Michael Harrison of Belfast by his wife, a daughter of Theophilus Sandford of Moyglare, Co Meath; born 1644, a deputy governor of the County of Antrim, Sovereign of Belfast 1695, his [Edward Harrison’s] only sister was the wife of Lieutenant Thomas Conway of Derriaghy, a kinsman of Lord Conway.” My father was a direct descendant of a Thomas Conway who married Elizabeth Mauzey Markham in Virginia and who died there in 1784. All we have is his will. Some researchers have tied him to Lt. Thomas Conway. I'm looking for records that would prove any connection. Have the Derriaghy parish records from the late 1600s been abstracted? Would Lt. Thomas Conway have been married there? Given the time frame and his kinmanship with Lord Edward, I assume that he was in Ireland to help subjugate the Irish, so I am unclear on where to look for records! Many thanks for any help, Laverne Conway




Anthea Mitchell - Australia
Email: ventry@bigpond.com

Date Entered: 17-05-2009

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Rev. John Gayer d 1745, his son Rev. Phillip Gayer d. 1755. His sons Dr. William Watts Gayer d. 1798 (married Catherine Jones) and Edward George Gayer d. 1799 (married Henrietta Jones), both Clerks of Parliament. Specifically seeking information on Edward Gayer's son John Gayer who m. Olivia Henderson, and their progeny, and any information at all on this family. Many thanks, Anthea




J. Pelan - England
Email: dna@pelan.org

Date Entered: 18/05/2009

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I'm rearching the surname Pelan and would very much like to hear from anyone with that surname that would like to share some information about their family history. I have a moderate amount of information gathered already about many Pelan families in Lisburn and Belfast and I may be able to help you too. The reason I am asking in this forum is that the Pelans appear to orginate from the Lisburn/Lambeg/Tullynacross area. As an added element of research, I'm trying to encourage male Pelans to participate in a DNA study which may help determine the origin of the surname and the deeper history of our male lineage over many thousands of years. This is the kind of study featured on the BBC series "The Incredible Human Journey" - which is on tonight; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00klf6j I can be contacted at dna @ pelan.org . Thank-you.




Will Roy - England
Email: anner2306@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 10/06/2009

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am looking for Geordie, Frank, Brian Hamilton or any of their family. Last known abode was Hillsborough. Father worked in Hillsborough Castle. I would love to hear from anyone that knows their whereabouts.




Agnes Wilson - England
Email: susanna_nottingham@o2.co.uk

Date Entered: 18/06/2009

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BARBARA WILSON c1927-2005 SUMMER OF 1949, WHO WAS BARBARA'S LOVER? (She was about 21yrs old). Barbara was packed off to London Autumn 1949 to hide her 'shame'. Barbara's mother's name was Agnes. Can anyone help solve mystery? Any clue at all/info on Barbara, her lover or her family most gratefully received.




Elizabeth Jane Taylor - Mactaquac, New Brunswick, Canada
Email: folksong@nbnet.nb.ca

Date Entered: 23/06/2009

More info:  http://www.TheFlyingScotsman.ca/methodist.htm

My name is Elizabeth Jane Taylor. I was born in Lisburn in 1961 and emigrated to Canada with my family a few years later. I’m on a mission – I inherited a silver trowel originally given to my great-great grandmother in 1893, when the corner stone was laid for the Osborne Methodist Church on Balmoral Avenue in Belfast. There were six other identical trowels handed out the same day. I know the church was eventually decommissioned and taken down. I’ve always wondered what happened to the other six trowels. I think it would be a neat project to try and find them and document how they’ve been passed down through the families. I’ve created a web page with details about the trowel, the original ceremony, etc. www.TheFlyingScotsman.ca/methodist.htm Do you have a website, guestbook, newsletter or blog where I could put a listing of my page, to see if I could find some of the other six trowels or in actual fact, the current owners of the six other trowels could find me!? I’ve had great fun finding the Stafford’s & Pratt’s in all the directories on the LennonWylie site. I’ve also found the 1911 census record for the Pratt family (my mother’s mother was 3 at the time of the census!) I’ve also contacted the Irish Methodist organisation, PRONI and the West Belfast Historic Society. I also remember my grandmother having an article on the 50th anniversary of the church, but we can’t find the article. The photos at the bottom of the web page were taken at the 50th anniversary. Any help or leads you could provide would be appreciated. Sincerely, Mrs. EJ Taylor Mactaquac, New Brunswick Canada




Diane Allan - N. Ireland
Email: dianeallan_ni@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 28/06/2009

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I am looking for any information on the ALEXANDER family who lived in the Hillsborough area. They had connections with Loughaghery Presbyterian Church. JOSEPH ALEXANDER who was born in Belfast was my Great Grandfather, he married a Sarah Jane TOLLERTON who is buried in LPC Yard. He was killed on the Somme 01/07/1916. There are also links with Co. Tyrone. If any one can help it would be appreciated.




Vera Hall - Canada
Email: BJandVY@aol.com

Date Entered: 12/07/2009

More info:  ../oldphotographs/Photo_pages/lily-beckett.html

Vera Hall would like information about her mother Lily Beckett or Elizabeth Topping as is on her birth records. She would also like information about about the other girls are in this photo. Please click on the web link for more information




Geraldine Wilson - Australia
Email: wilfam@westnet.com.au

Date Entered: 30/07/2009

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My mother was brought up by her maternal grandparents at 56 Llewellan Avenue, Lisburn. Her Maiden name was Rafferty (her father was Edward 'Ted' Rafferty) and her mother was Mary (Minnie) Reynolds. Mary died when my mum was just three - Edward went to Liverpool (with his brother Hugh I believe). Would love to hear from anyone who knows of the Reynolds connection. My mother was born in 1913 (Lisburn) & died 1980 - Belfast




Neil Gardner - England
Email: neilgardner169@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 24/08/2009

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I am tracing the Gardner family who to my earliest research come from the Aghalee/Ballinderry/Lisburn area. The aforementioned earliest Gardner family were as follows;- Parents John Gardner & Eliza nee Watson Children Eliza baptised at Magheragall 1827 James baptised Ballycarrickmaddy 1830 Ann Jane baptised Augnacairn 1833 John born Lisburn 1836 Amelia Watson born 4.3.1839 at ? Samuel Watson born 1855 at ? I am a descendant of Samuel Watson Gardner who to my knowledge married a Mary Johnston in 1874 in Belfast, they had 5 children William Henry Dean, Thomas James Johnston, Albert Haithwaite, Lilly Manley and Samuel Caldwell. The family had a Linen Drapers shop in Arthur St, Belfast, Mary died and Samuel W Gardner died in Belfast workhouse in 1897. The 3 eldest boys of the family went on to be Merchant Sea Captains, Lilly married a James Boyles in Belfast and my grandfather Samuel Caldwell Gardner came to Dewsbury to be raised by his paternal uncle John Gardner a retired Army Soldier, I see from the Liburn Societys Web pages that the surname Gardner is thriving in that area, could we be related? I look forward to making contact with anyone connected to my ancestors. I can be contacted on 01924 493331 or at 169, Crossley Lane,Mirfield, W Yorks WF14 0NY.




Karen Mullins - England
Email: kazmul@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 25/08/2009

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I am researching my family history (McCoombe, McCoomb or McCombe) and have hit a wall with my great-great grandfather John McCoomb, born in 1819 (in Ireland I think)...any help would be great, either info or where to look via the internet as I cannot get to Ireland at the moment... Karen




Martin Hunter - England
Email: martin.hunter@rocketmail.com

Date Entered: 05/09/2009

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My name is Martin I am trying to find some info on one of my wifes ancestors hopefully his death or burial his name was William Allen he was born about 1830 in lisburn his father was John Allen he joined the british army in 1847 where he fought in the crimean war and indian mutiny he won medals for both wars he left the army in 1870 to become an army scripture reader he wrote a few poems and books one was called rescue 'The Perishing' he is on the 1911 census for Co. Down his age is 84 he is living with his 2nd wife Eliz. Ann she is 64 at Castlereagh St. regards Martin




Ian Hartland - Wales
Email: ihartland@powys.gov.uk

Date Entered: 27/10/2009

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I am looking for a Louise Johnson from Ballinderry, she got married about 1985/86 can you help? Thanks Ian.




Daphne Tkachuk (nee Martin) - Saskatoon, Sk. Canada
Email: dt@tkachuk.ca

Date Entered: 27/10/2009

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I am trying to locate all living relatives of Samuel Crone and Marjorie Fox (my grandparents). Some of the family names are McClintock, James Crone, Samuel Crone. James Crone moved to Cardiff Wales in the early '40 and left one daughter. Samuel Crone married May Tavern and left Lisburn in the late 50's, moving to Belfast. Some of the family immigrated to Australia and I believe one of that family, Heather Harkness is living in Lisburn. I would really like to have a Reunion of all of the Crone family and am trying to locate as many as possible.




Jean Warburton - England
Email: john@warburton77.wanadoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 04/11/2009

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Any information on Robert Woods and Clara nee Howes. I have finally traced my Great Grandfather to the 1911 Census of Ireland and found him in Largymore, Blaris, Co Down with Clara, his second wife. He had been in Liverpool since at least 1877 when he married my Great Grandmother, Eliza nee Lindsay but both had been born in Ireland. Eliza died and in 1894 he married Clara, a widow. They left Liverpool to return to Ireland some time after 1901 probably with her daughter, Dora who we believe died in a drowning accident around 1906. Roberts sons, James and David are not living with him in 1911 but may have stayed in England. His other children, Robert and Mary Elizabeth definitely stayed in Liverpool. Another son, William possibly died shortly after birth in 1891. Robert died in his home town area but we don't know when or where he is buried. Any information about the family would be appreciated. Jean




Christina Crossley - Scotland
Email: christinanumber1@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 11/11/2009

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Hi I'm looking for any info on my grand and great grand parents. First Hugh and Margaret Devlin married hillsbourgh 18?. John Divers (Scottish spelling) father John mother Mary Doherty. John Crossley (scottish spelling) Margaret Lundy, their son John Bernard Patrick, daugthers Margaret Mary also Elizabeth Jane Devlin all born in Ireland can anyone help please




Kathy Beattie - N Ireland - living in Scotland
Email: kathy@computacraft.co.uk

Date Entered: 17/11/2009

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Hi I am seeking information on my husbands family - Beattie- who lived at Drum House (or perhaps called The Drum) Lisburn




Dean McVicar - Nebraska, USA
Email: ddmcv57@q.com

Date Entered: 24/11/2009

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Searching for information on William McVicker born around Hillsborough in about 1798. He married Mary Graham born in DownPatrick about 1802 they were married in 1822, I believe in the Anahilt Presbyterian Church. Their eldest son Robert married Margaret McKee in the same church in 1849 and came to America shortly after. William died about 1846 and his wife Mary came to America with their other 8 children in 1850. Robert, William II, James (my g grandfather) and Matthew all homesteaded in Nebraska I would like to know if William had any siblings and where he was buried. We think it was at Anahilt Presbyterian. There are a large number of McVickers in the Belfast area but we have no way of knowing if any are decendents of Williams siblings. Dean McVicker




Edward Murphy - England
Email: louisa_48@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 25/11/2009

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I was born in Corby, northants, lived in Fraserburgh, Scotland. I am looking for information on my father's family (Andrew Francis Murphy, born 3rd July 1924 to Frank and Lizzie Murphy) who are registered as living at Back Lane, Lisburn. Can find no information anywhere regarding the family.




Gail Morley - Canada
Email: rgds.mo@eastlink.ca

Date Entered: 29/11/2009

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I am looking for any information on WILLIAM JOHN McMASTER born Feb 1 1897 Lambeg Lisburn. He was the son of John McMaster and Lizzie Moore. He was in WW1 and had some boxing training. He ended up in Alberta Canada. He also left a wife and 2 children in Ireland when he came to Canada before 1934. This is the family that I am looking for descendents from, any little tidbit will help. I am also trying to find regiment # or boxing club. Many thanks…




William Kirkwood - Co. Down N. Ireland
Email: vwkirkwood@utvinternet.com

Date Entered: 29/11/2009

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Hi all, I am referring to a message left on this forum back in 2005, from Andrew Maze, his e-mail doesn’t seen to be operating any longer. I have a connection to a Maze family who lived on the Lisburn road. Do get in touch if Andrew or anyone who may be able to help. Also curious if anyone can shed any light on the Kirkwood's to whom the Kirkwoods Road in Lisburn may be named after. Some of my ancestors farmed at Magheralave in the 1800's and I am keen to know if there is a connection. Many thanks William




Heather Graham - U. K.
Email: disce50@clara.co.uk

Date Entered: 29/11/2009

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I am looking for information about my second cousin GEORGE GILMORE 1898-1985 He was the protestant Revolutionary leader in 1935-1938 in Ireland. I would love if someone has a photograph of him to see what he looked like as I met him a couple of times when I was very young but forget what he looked like, so can anyone help me, with information or a photograph or both. Thanks




Audrey Masson (Irwin) - Canada ex N. Ireland
Email: a.wattram@rogers.com

Date Entered: 01/12/2009

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Can you provide any info on Ramsays Funeral Home in Lisburn which was around in the early 1940's. Name of the owner/funeral director.




James Cuthill - Canada
Email: j.h.cuthill@gmail.com

Date Entered: 07/12/2009

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I am looking for information on the Meek family. In particular, I have a letter which is embossed - The Manse, Ballycairn, Lisburn. in the content which was written by Sam Meek it says "we are looking forward to building a new church next year (1922-1923 but construction could have been years). There was a new Presbyterian Church built in Ballycairn in 1926 but I'm wondering if there were any other new churches in that period. If Sam is using embossed letterhead,from The Manse, I'm thinking he is closely associated with the church. I have had NO luck finding any records for Sam or Samuel Meek, nor for his sister Moyra (Mary, Moira?) Any thoughts would be welcomed. I am seeking information on Moyra (possibly Moira, sometimes later called Mary, Moriarty) Meek and/or her brother Sam (Samuel?) Mary was born in 1886 +/- in Ireland. I'm told that Sam was older but not necessarily correct. Mary was an educated Nurse who did advanced studies in Germany in dietetics and additional studies in music in France. She travelled with a Lady Peel (don't know who this is)in Europe and then in Canada. I have found one ships record for a Mary Meek ariving in Canada in 1909 but it states that she was born in 1883. In a later census she declares she was born in 1886. Probably two different Marys and the 1886 one I know to be the woman I'm researching. If it helps anyone, there is a Mrs. Campbell mentioned in teh Ballycairn letter. So, early County Down historians, what can you tell me about the area, the churches, the Meeks, and about record sources for Ballycairn, Lisburn area around 1880-1930. THANKS.




Raymond Ruddy Jr - Preston, Cambridge, Ontario,Canada
Email: rruddy@rogers .com

Date Entered: 21/12/2009

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My father Raymond Sr. lived around Lisburn growing up and we moved back to the area in 1975 and stayed for two years at which time I attended Lisnagavey. I am trying to reconnect with some of my old class mates. This seams like a long shot but I thought I would give it a try.




Mrs Lee Pawlicki - Australia
Email: leepawlicki@optusnet.com.au

Date Entered: 30/01/2010

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I am in Melbourne, Australia and researching the CRAIG line of my family tree. I would love to know if you can confirm Rev James Meeke was married to Margaret (nee CRAIG)? If so, do you have any information about this family, obituaries, photographs, weddings/burials etc ? Margaret CRAIG was older sister of my greatgrandmother who left Belfast in 1885. Thank you for any help you can give me.




Jackie Robinson - N. Ireland
Email: robinsonj510@aol.com

Date Entered: 19/02/2010

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I am trying to find more information about my mother and grandparents who lived in Lisburn around the 1920s 1930s.I think they may have lived on the LAMBEG ROAD. My mothers name was MARY JOSEPHINE GOLLOGLY. She was born in KEADY in 1921 and moved to lisburn some time after that. Her fathers name was MICHAEL GOLLOGLY and he was a SHOEMAKER. Her mothers name was EMILY GOLLOGLY nee FITZSIMONS and she had a sister MARTHA. I think they may have worked in the HILDEN MILL or somewhere similar in the area.Does anyone have any knowledge of this family or know where I could find records of the employment of mill workers around this time? Many thanks Jackie R




Tommy Elliott - Scotland
Email: t.elliott1@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 25/02/2010

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Can anyone help me to find family connections in Lisburn. My grandfather came to scotland, and settled in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. My grandfathers name was James Kerr and his wife was Sarah. I think they came to Scotland about the turn of the century, but cannot be sure on this. My mother was born in Scotland in 1917 and she had three older brothers, Harry, John and Pat. If anyone could give me anymore information that would be great. Thanks Tommy Elliott.




kathryn Leney - England
Email: kathrynleney@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 28/02/2010

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I am trying to contact the former Frances Vivian Hodgen, formerly of Barrack Street, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. If anyone has any information i would appreciate their help.




Patricia Jones - Mudgee, NSW, Australia
Email: steve_trish@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 05/03/2010

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I am trying to find the parents of Margaret Bone. She married Joseph Milligan in Magheragall Antrim in 1846. Her parents are James Bone and Margaret (? surname). Any help on this family appreciated. Margaret and Joseph moved to Ayrshire Scotland shortly after they were married.




Edna Johnston - Northern Ireland
Email: edna.johnston@virgin.net

Date Entered: 07/03/2010

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My Great Grandparents married in Derryaghy Parish Church in 1854. They were William Neill and Frances Maxwell. I am looking for any information on where they lived, born etc. I know William was born in 1831 and emigrated to Canada in 1902 were he died in 1925. Children that I know of are Isaac, William, Minnie Agnes and Albert Edward. Would anyone have any information?




Joanne Turner - New Zealand
Email: glenhead@netspeed.net.nz

Date Entered: 16/03/2010

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Researching me great grandfather and his first wife. Reverand Thomas Edward Turner and Abigail Hinds. They were married in the Broomhedge methodist church in 1885 They had one daughter who survived and I suspect One who died at Birth as Abigail died at 25 and a babe died at the same time. Thomas was a supply Minister to lisburn and Ballinderry in 1899 and 1901. He was born at Hillsborough but very little is known about her. I was wondering if she would be buried at the church she married in and if the babe is also buried there. If anyone can help me in any way I would be very grateful Thank you Joanne




Margaret Ingersoll - Maryland, USA
Email: ink1951@aol.com

Date Entered: 17/03/2010

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Reaching out from Maryland, USA to find information on a John Maxwell who was supposedly married at the first Presbyterian Church in Boardmills in 1800. His marriage was "rebuked" by the Boardmills Session for being "irregular" on July 13, 1800.Do you have records of this and who the bride was? What is an "irregular" marriage? If this is my John Maxwell, he came to American shortly after this. If you find him, please see if his parents are listed? Hope to visit you soon--- thank you.




Harriette McKnight - Northern Ireland
Email: Harriette@navigatorfp.com

Date Entered: 23/03/2010

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I wish to request some historical background on Moira village as an itinerary item, specifically the building that is now "The Tannery" and which was previously called "Chesters". Was this building a originally a tannery? Is it historically "old"? Any small snipets of information is appreciated.




Peter Sloan - USA
Email: psloan413@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 10/04/2010

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According to family folklore, my ancestor Alexander Sloan was born in Dundrod on 5 April 1816. I'm looking to find out where I can find a record of his birth and maybe who his parents were.




Teunis Schuurman - Netherlands
Email: teun.pats@gmail.com

Date Entered: 10/04/2010

More info:  http://www.teunispats.net/jack-edward-gibbs.htm

In my volunteer WWII research I like to find out more about Pilot Officer - James Johnstone Tozer, Finaghy - KIA 23 Jun 1940 - Age 20 --------------------------------------------------------------- Airborne from Wattisham, Suffolk, UK. Causs of loss not established R3688 was one of two 107th Sqdn Blenheims lost on this operation (other was N3593) Crashed at Willemsoord (Overijssel), NW of Steenwijk, Holland P/O S. G. Esson, P/O J. J. Tozer and Sgt. G. R. Murchison all KIA and buried at Willemsoord General Cemetery - Row O - coll. grave 1 --------------------------------------------------------------- Blenheim R3688 - OM-? - 23rd Jun 1940 - Mission: Soest, Germany --------------------------------------------------------------- 77983 - Pilot Officer - Observer - James Johnstone Tozer - RAFVR - Age 20 - KIA - 23-6-1940 of Finaghy, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK - Willemsoord General Cemetery - Row O - coll. grave 1 - CWGC ref. 2820663 Son of William J. and Mary Tozer, of Finaghy, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. Any info regarding P/O James Johnstone Tozer is welcome Like to contact next of kin for info and photos. Regards Teunis Schuurman - aka - PATS Volunteer WWII researcher - area Vollenhove - The Netherlands +31.527.242316 ......or.......+31.527.243969




Sue Ann Perkins - USA
Email: saperkins53@verizon.net

Date Entered: 10/04/2010

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I am trying to find information about my Great-Grandmother Margaret Logue. She left Lisburn in 1868 to come to America. My Grandmother was coming to Greenwich,New York to work for the Dunbarton Linen Mill. If anyone has information about her,or her family in Ireland I would love to hear from you ! Thank you ...Sue Ann




Dianna Charles - Australia
Email: diamonddi57@optusnet.com.au

Date Entered: 10/04/2010

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Hi I'm doing research into the HEANEY family who were living in Aghadolgan, Glenavy Co. Antrim in the 1860's (and earlier) Hugh Heaney (and some other Heaney's) appear on Griffiths Valuation 1861-62. The family moved to England some time after the birth of their son James Edward in 1863. Firstly would there be anything in the Belfast papers about them selling their possessions before they left for england if I could find something like that it would tie up everything with them leaving for England. Secondly is it possible to find more information from the numbers and letters given on the Griffith Valuation apparently they are number and letters of Reference to a map, I was hoping to find an address so then could match it up to a birth certificate for James Heaney. I would like to find out about the Catholic Church in Glenavy as well where James and siblings may have been baptised in the 1860's. I'm very grateful for any advice or help you maybe able to offer. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have already sent you an email re my HEANEY research but have found a little more information that I thought I should let you know about. I have an Extract from Griffith Valuation 1862 County of Antrim Parish of Glenavy, Townland AGHADALGON, where there are a few Heaney's listed. I would like to know if it's possible to find an address from the numbers and letters that appear in Column 1 they're a reference to a map apparently. Also I would like to find out if Hugh Heaney placed and advertisement in a newspaper when he was moving to England perhaps in the Belfast newspaper, I thought he may have been selling his possessions etc. Was there a local paper in Glenavy do you know. It would be great if I could find some referrence to him leaving either Glenavy/Ireland because that would tie up with what I already know from his time in England. Any other advice or help on finding out more on the family while they were in Glenavy would be great. Thanks for your help and have a lovely Easter. God Bless Dianna




James Francis Howe - Australia
Email: jamesandsharonh@bigpond.com

Date Entered: 11/04/2010

More info:  http://howe.tribalpages.com/

Hello, We are trying to locate a Marriage record for our Great X 3 GrandParents, John McGEE & Mary WARD, who we believe came from Lisburn. They were RC, born about 1800, & migrated to here to Australia in 1841 with their 7 children. The eldest child being born about 1821.




Lorraine Fairgrieve - Northern Ireland
Email: lorraine.fairgrieve@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 11/04/2010

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Does anybody out there know or remember American officers staying at William Gibson farm in the maze during around 1942-1945? If so please email me.




Adrian Powell - England (living in Finland)
Email: apowell@elisanet.fi

Date Entered: 11/04/2010

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I'm not sure if this is a relavant post but I'm hoping someone maybe able to help. I've traced my ancestors Joseph Dellicot born 1767 in Minderburn, Co Tyrone and his son Thomas born 1794 (same place). Joseph moved to Scotland and enlisted in a Scottish Regiment in 1792. The varied ways the surname was spelt eg. Dillingcourt, Dalincourt, Delacourt and Delicoat to name a few leads me to think the family may have been of Huguenot descent. Any ideas?




Desy Lyttle - Vancouver, Canada
Email: Jlyttle@shaw.ca

Date Entered: 13/04/2010

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I now live in Vancouver in Canada and was at one time very friendly with the Smyth family of Drumbo, particularly, Alan, Brian and Lionel. In fact I went to the Navy college in Belfast with Lionel. If there is any way I can contact them I would be very happy as I've lost touch.




Susan Arn - London, Ontario, Canada
Email: sarn@rogers.com

Date Entered: 19/04/2010

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Hello: I am looking for any information on the following Suffern family who were living in County Antrim in the 18th century: James Suffern born c. 1703/04, lived in Carmavy and died 1771. His son James Suffern born c. 1735, lived Aughnamullan, Nutts Corner. His son James Suffern born c. 1760 married a cousin named "Miss" Young,(daughter of James Young.) This James Suffern and James Young both fought in American War of 1812. James Suffern and Miss Young had the following children: William born c.1790 Straidhavern, Nutts Corner, Antrim Samuel born circa 1796 Aughnamillan Isabella born circa 1797 James born circa 1800 A daughter (name not known) who married a Mr. Cunningham A daughter (name not known) who married a Mr. McCullough *The Isabella, daughter of James Suffern and Miss Young, was my ancestor. She married a Stephen Garvin (son of a "Miss" Suffern and William John Garvin of Castledawson, Derry). Isabella Suffern and Stephen Garvin's daughter Mary (born circa 1821) married James Johnston and they emigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1867. Thanks for any help on this family you can give me, including the names of the two daughters who married the McCullough and the Cunningham.




Doreen Hornsby - England
Email: doreen@hornsby55.freeserve.co.uk

Date Entered: 20/04/2010

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Can anyone help with information on the following people please? William Beatty/Beattie born 1846 in Lisburn, married Elizabeth Reid in Lisburn 1877. William was the son of William Beatty/Beattie farmer and Sarah Knox. Elizabeth Reid was the daughter of John Reid, thread mill manager and Sarah Clelland. William Jnr (b1846) and family lived at Church Cottage Lisburn in 1878, and he was station master at Dunmurry in 1880. He and his family moved to Glasgow in 1881. Any information on any of the above names would be very welcome!! Thanks.




kathy Beattie - Northern Ireland
Email: kathy@computacraft.co.uk

Date Entered: 23/04/2010

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I am researching my husbands family tree. His grandfather George Alexander Beattie (b 1902) is believed to have lived at Drum House Lisburn some time after 1920. I am trying to confirm this and obtain more information on the family. His wife was Wilhelmina and sons George Alex Desmond and Ivor.




Diana and Craig Evans - Northern Ireland
Email: dianaevans@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 23/04/2010

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Hi We are looking for anyone who could chat to us about the history of our house in Burnbrae Ave and the area itself. We are living in no 2, the converted cottage at the end of the avenue. The Ulster Star has offered to feature our house if we can supply some info. Regretably, after 5 happy years here, we have to sell to move to England for work commitments and we would like to be able to share the history of the house with potential new owners. Thank you for any help you can give.




Marge Boyle - New Jersey, USA
Email: margieboyle@gmail.com

Date Entered: 26/04/2010

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Seeking information about Miss Olive Hall of Ballydrain, Dunmurry, who was a student at Queen's University in 1929, and who received a Carnegie Hero Trust Fund award in 1929 for having rescued a swimmer at Port-na-Happle, off Portstewart, in August 1929 or 1928.




Niamh Casey - Cork, Ireland
Email: irelandcork@epals.com

Date Entered: 02/05/2010

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Hi, I am tracing my Patrick McGinn/Alice McCann family history and have found on my g-g-grandparents marriage cert (1892) and son's(william) birth cert (1894) that they were living on Bow Street, Lisburn. Patrick Joseph McGinn is listed as a merchant on one and grocer on the other. If anyone could direct me to street directories for that time, I'd be very grateful. Thank you.




Kieran McKernan - Scotland
Email: km015a9570@blueyonder.co.uk

Date Entered: 09/05/2010

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Hi All, I was wondering if anyone could help me with finding the mothers names of Charles Duffin who married Margaret Curry on the 23 Feb 1855. Charles Duffins father was Charles Duffin and Margaret Currys father was called William Curry. They had six children: Jane Duffin DOB - 22/02/1877 William Duffin DOB - 28/04/1865 Robert Duffin DOB - 27/05/1870 Alice Duffin DOB - 31/10/1871 Mary Alice Duffin DOB - 27/03/1874 Does anyone know who any of the children got married to or when any of the children died. Thanks for all your help Kieran




Pat Moreland - Lakefield, Ontario Canada
Email: morelamd7@live.ca

Date Entered: 09/05/2010

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Looking for any information on a Mary Moore born Jan 30 1843 to Archibald Moore and wife Ellen (looing for last name). Married Nov. 25 1862 at Parish Church Lissen Magherafelt to Thomas Ferguson, born 1838 (need full date) father William Ferguson, no name of Mom. Help would greatly be appreciated.




James Lockwood - England
Email: ferrwood@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 25/05/2010

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I wonder if anyone can help me. A friend has asked me to trace any details of an old Orange lodge, LOL 159, that he believes met at Largymore. He has the collarette belonging to his late father and suspects it dates from around 1930. Apart from that he knows nothing about the lodge. His father was the late Bro William Hunter. My friend is his Ulster-born son W. Ron Hunter, now living in East Anglia. I'd be obliged to anyone who could help with this query.




Rosemary Simpson - Essex, England
Email: rsimpson353@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 25/05/2010

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Researching the COARD family of the Lisburn area, sometimes recorded as McCoard. Ancester is a Thomas Coard born c1882. Interested in any branch of this family.




Ken McCracken - Virginia, USA
Email: kenmccracken@tx.rr.com

Date Entered: 25/05/2010

More info:  http://www.lisburn.com/books/first_lisburn/in_the_beginning.html

Hello. Are the names of Rev. Alexander McCracken's (1688-1730) children known? If so, would you please share their names with me? Thank you.




David Murray - Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Email: d.c.murray@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 06/06/2010

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Looking for information on Murray ancestors that were associated with the Downshire Estates in early 1800's. Henry Murray was a surveyor at the Kilwarlin Estate. Thomas Murray was Surveyor for all estates and Agent at Edenderry John Murray was Agent at Blessington. Believe these Murray brothers came from Hillsborough area.




Patrick Campbell - Halifax, England
Email: newyorkfarm@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 20/06/2010

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My Grandparents lived in Lisburn from the early part of of the 1900's until 1920 when they moved to France. Three of my Aunts witnessed the killing of Detective Inspector Oswald Ross Swanzy and the reprisals lead to the family emigrating. Does anyone have any photographs of Lisburn from that time or any knowledge of the Family of George and Bridget Campbell? Her maiden name was Nugent. They also lived in ALTNAVEIGH where they continued to rent a house until 1945 in the hope they would be able to return as a family. Any period information would be welcomed.




Nan Watson - Oxford, England
Email: bobshirley_930@fsmail.net

Date Entered: 20/06/2010

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My mother Ellen Magee came from RAVARNETT, was born in the early 1900's. I would like to hear from anyone who knew of the family. Also if there is anyone who went to WILLIAM FOOTE SCHOOL and has any photo's please let me know thanks. Nan




Sylvia Lackemacher (nee)Law - Uniontown, Pennsylvania,USA
Email: lack721@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 30/06/2010

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Would like to get in touch with old friend Florence Beegan from Lisburn, married to Bobby Coburn they live somewhere in Australia, would appreciate any info. Thankyou !




Louise O'Hagan - Hertfordshire, England
Email: louise217@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 06/07/2010

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Hello, I am researching my family roots. In the late 17th century they came from farming stock in Killead and I understand were members of Antrim 1st Presbyterian (Millrow) church. The family name was Joy and I can go back as far as Francis Joy, who was born 1697 and whose father was Richard Joy. The name Joy is said to be or Huguenot origin and I am trying to make a definitive link. I understand that one of the Huguenot cavalry regiments under Schomberg overwintered in the Killead/Glenavy area in 1689 and wonder if it is possible to establish a connection to any one individual soldier whose name could be Joyeuse/Joyeux/Dejoie. Are there any local historians who may be able to help? Many thanks, Louise




Sabrina Collins - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Email: sabrinadc2008@aol.com

Date Entered: 06/07/2010

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I'm in desperate need of help! I'm trying to locate my great aunt, we have no clue if she's alive or dead. I know she lived at 42, Milltown Ave, Derriaghy, Lisburn, Co, Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT283TP. She had a husband named Jim Wilson that died and a daughter named Linda Wilson....Her name was Joyce Mary Wilson maiden name was Twite her phone number was 011-44-1232-626-460 but has been disconnected...I'm really trying to find out if she's dead or alive she just quit calling us one day. I'd like to contact her or Linda Wilson please if you know anything let us know! THANK YOU!




Mike Foy - Wimbledon, London
Email: mjfads@dircon.co.uk

Date Entered: 06/07/2010

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I am trying to find the location of The Royal Artillery barracks/recruiting office in Lisburn circa 1807. My relative enlisted in that year and attested in Lisburn for further service in 1815.




Tim Jackson - Northern Ireland
Email: timliverpoolfc@aol.com

Date Entered: 06/07/2010

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Can anyone put me in touch with Sharon Hall who went to Wallace High School. Had a sister Kim. Dad was in the Army.




Valerie Whittaker - England
Email: nellietheelephant@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 06/07/2010

More info:  http://lisburn.com/books/historical_society/volume3/volume3-5.html

I am interested in finding any information about the Lisburn Methodist Refuge Chapel, especially where it was built. Your society briefly mentioned it on www.lisburn.com/books/historical_society/volume3/volume3-5.html Also where the old burial grounds would have been for around the mid 1600s -late 1800s. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.




Julia Davis (nee McAfee) - Brighton, England, UK
Email: julia@juliadavis.net

Date Entered: 15/07/2010

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I am trying to research the McAfee family tree. My great great Grandfather John McAfee was born in Lisburn in 1821 and enlisted with the Royal Artillery in Lisburn in 1839. He went on to marry Margaret Warburton (born?) and had at least 6 children. I would like to know more about John McAfee's parents and family and where they came from. Can somebody help?




Joe Logue - Northern Ireland
Email: joelogue7@live.co.uk

Date Entered: 15/07/2010

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I would like to contact my half sister Billie Jean Logue, last time I saw her was at my fathers funeral amost 22yrs ago. I come from Hilden and now live in Belfast.




Maria Hamer (nee Thompson) - England
Email: hamermaria@myway.com

Date Entered: 15/07/2010

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I was Born in Liskeard Cornwall, now in Aberystwyth, Wales. KEYS, my fathers sister Rachael Ann Thompson, married WATSON ALBERT CECIL KEYS (Cecil Keys) in Plymouth 7th Jan 1945, Cecil was born in Armagh in 1913. After they maried I have them living at Millbrook Way, Lisburn in 1975, they had 6 children, MARINA LORRAINE KEYS, JOYCE VALERIE KEYS, EUNICE CHRISTINE KEYS, PATRICIA ANN KEYS, RODNEY JOSEPH KEYS, HAZEL KEYS, these people would be my cousins and I would love to find out about family. Rachael died in 1975 and is buried at Aghavilly Churchyard, lisburn. Cecil died in April 2003. Many thanks. MARIA.




Maryann Quigley - Northern Ireland
Email: maryannquigley@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 19/07/2010

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I am looking for information on the Williamson family Married in Lambeg church 1874 David williamson to Maryann Edgar...they then lived in Tullynacross and were there during the 1901 census.. if anyone has information it would be greatly appreciated. thank you.




Esther Kahn - Melbourne, Australia
Email: estherkahn21@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 19/07/2010

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I seem to be related to the Suffren family, sometimes spelt Suffern/ Sufferin on old BDM certs found here. There is no one living that I can see has any information. My question is about a Suffein/Suffren family which is directly related, but goes back to the early 1800's in South Dublin, and some in Carlow. Does anyone out there have any information about a David Suffren died about 1865, aged 63, a 'malt roaster' who lived in 17 Grand Canal Harbour, and whose wife, Rose nee Johnson died in 1876 aged 75?? The informant sems to be a son John who was illiterate. We have some of their children coming out to Australia in the 1850's and marying here, Margaret, William and Patrick. It seems many of the children of William died early, Patrick did not marry, and Margaret married Thomas Ryan in Melbouurne in 1865, and my grandmother, Elizabeth Ryan married my grandfather Tobias Woolf in 1901. It is said that this family are related to the 'french connecton", if so, how and why did they end up in Dublin, obviously so poor??? It was not as a result of the famine. It looks like David was a poor labourer, living in the tenements on Grand Canal , perhaps employed in the whiskey or porter industry, however not a Guinness. They are actually buried in the COI cemetery so I have found, but childen were baptised catholics. Any assistance or advice appreciated. thank you, Esther Kahn nee WOOLF Melbourne Australia (a jewish descendant)!!




Lydia Reaume - Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Email: lbjmspa@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 22/07/2010

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When I was a child, in the nineteen fifties, my family moved to "Drumbo House", on Drumbo Road just outside the village of Drumbo. I was wondering if anyone can tell me if the house is still there and if anyone would have a picture of it. My sisters and brothers and I loved the village but we only lived there a short time. Any info would be most appreciated. Thank you.




Patrick Rice - New York City, USA.
Email: patrick.rice58@gmail.com

Date Entered: 05/08/2010

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My Great-great-grandparents Patrick & Catherine McLaughlin (both born abt 1840) lived on Hill Street c 1900. Pat was a pig dealer. My Great-grandfather George Rice married the McLaughlin daughter "Rose". Anyone who is a descendant or who knows anything of the family(s) please drop me a line.




Kenneth Allen - Ahoghill, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Email: kenny.allen9366@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 07/08/2010

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Looking for some assistance in finding ancestors of Robert John Allen, Furniture Dealer of 45 Bridge Street, Lisburn. Father was George Allen, married in 19/7/1890 to Annie English and again on 6/4/1893 to Rebecca Weir.




David Cardy - England
Email: dandj@isca.fsworld.co.uk

Date Entered: 09/08/2010

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Trying to trace marriage of grandfather Thomas Watters Cardy to Sarah Jane Cunningham in approx December 1910




Frank Millard - England
Email: frank.millard@gmail.com

Date Entered: 04/09/2010

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I am trying to trace the family of David Beatty of Lisburn, JP, merchant, church warden of Lisburn Cathedral and father of Col. Joseph and Gen. Robert Beatty. His wife was Margaret, but I do not know her maiden name or where her family originated. Were they local? Also I'd like to know David's lineage as well as his wife's. Can anyone help? Thank you very much.




Sarah Blackham - Doncaster,South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Email: sarahblackham_5@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 04/09/2010

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I am longing to trace information about my maternal fathers side - surname McGreevey. My grandad was Desmond Gerald and was born in 1921. His mother was Margaret Prendergast and father William Mcgreevey and they lived at 67 Gregg Street, Lisburn. My grandad had two sisters - Eileen and Sally who are both no longer with us. Auntie Eileen emigrated to Australia with her daughter Geraldine and Aunt Sallys daughters Deidre and Angela still live in Lisburn. I have had little, if no luck at all finding information on the internet - despite registering and paying numerous sites for info. I would dearly love to find more details of my family like dates of birth etc - I have no idea if my grandad was the eldest for example? Any information anyone can provide would be gratefully received. Many thanks




Margaret Woolley - Richardson, Texas, USA
Email: margiewoolley@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 04/09/2010

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I am doing family research and we are related to the McMaster Family in Lisburn. Specifically, Patrick McMasters from Scotland came to County Down in 1700's?, had a son, John McMasters (Drumsnod), who had a son, Thomas McMasters (b. 1754 in Lisburn, married Rachel McWhinney from County Down, and died 26 Jan. 1835). Thomas & Rachel had a son, John McMasters (b. 19 Mar 1781, Lisburn, who married Rachel Hughey 3 Mar 1810 and then emigrated to Pennsylvania USA where he died 8 April 1847. In Pennsylvania, John McMasters and Rachel Hughey had a daughter, Rachel McMasters, who had a daughter, Annie Eliza Larimer, who had a daughter Mary McMasters Jones, who had a son, Thomas Jones Hilliard, who had a son, Harry Talbott Hilliard, who had me. Does this sound familiar to any of the McMasters clan still in Lisburn? I read an article online about a Jack McMasters who delivered milk to Lisburn residents by horse drawn cart in 1968 - any possibility he is still alive or his family is still there? Thank you. Margaret




kate Collins - England, UK
Email: jabrahams2@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 16/09/2010

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I wonder if anyone can help me ? My ancestor - William Joseph Loughran - came I think from Lisburn in the mid 1800's - he worked in a coal mine in Skemersdale in Lancashire. I think his brother also had a coal association. Is there any history of coalmining in Lisburn or emigration to Lancashire at that time? Many thanks. Kate




Robert McDowell - USA
Email: Jamers32@aol.com

Date Entered: 16/09/2010

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I am trying to trace a Robert and Ann McDowell who I believe was from Dromore and likely attended the Presbyterian Church. The emigrated to Quebec around 1844, and then their son Thomas migrated to New York around 1891. Robert was born around 1819 and I believed married Ann around 1844. Shortly after they had a son named John, either in Ireland or Canada. Any help would be very much appreciated.




Jill Grant - Salisbury, UK
Email: jillgrant01@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 19/10/2010

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My Grandfather (David Hanna) was originally from hillsborough and during WW2 was a POW. To my knowledge there was a poem written which mentioned him and two other soldiers from Hillsborough, one of those being Dr Frank Pantridge, I think. I would like to know where I can get a copy of that poem and would really appreciate any help on this matter. Thank you.




Maureen Leathem - London, UK
Email: cladagh321@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 19/10/2010

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Hi I am searching for a young man born in Lisburn approx 20/30 years ago. I am married to his father who has lost touch over the years and would love to even leave him a phone no in case he wanted to get in touch. His mother was called Rosemary Lever - her maiden name and was from Kent in England Billy (husband) is a folk singer from the Hillhall road.




Didier Schappacher - Boulogne Billancourt, France
Email: didier.schappacher@gmail.com

Date Entered: 19/10/2010

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Hello, I'm french friend of Laurent de la Torre (french cook). I don't know how to communicate with him.Can you help me? Maybe can you give me his e-mail address? Many thanks,Didier Schappacher




Grenville Boyd - Warrington, UK
Email: golliberry@aol.com

Date Entered: 27/10/2010

More info:   http://qboyd.com

William Boyd 30 McKeown St.,Lisburn was my grandfather. My grandmother was Mary Jane (nee Abbott). My father, Robert, went to England. My uncle Billy remarried and lived in Dunmurry. I also had a cousin, Harry. Any information appreciated. Grenville Boyd.




Niall Browne - Marlow, Bucks. & Donaghadee
Email: niall.browne@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 27/10/2010

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I am trying to find information about the Taggart family (Mercer Street, J.M. Taggart & Co., Strawberry Hill). In particular, I am hoping to find photographs of 2, Mercer Street (now a petrol station) and/or Strawberry Hill, Ballynahinch Road. I have tried the Lisburn Museum but have had no luck so far. Any help or recollections would be greatly appreciated.




James Hay Cuthill - British Columbia, Canada
Email: j.h.cuthill@gmail.com

Date Entered: 30/10/2010

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Can anyone help me with the family members for Rev. Samuel James Clarke the Minister at Ballycairn Presbyterian Church 1908-1931. I'm specifically looking for parents, siblings, and/or his married family. Many thanks, James




Paul Lawrence - London, England
Email: pflawrence@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 10/11/2010

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I'm trying to find out information about my maternal grandfather High McKibbin. When he fought in the first World War, his next of kin was given as Hugh McKibben, 40 mercer Street, Lisburn. I have also reason to believe that he lived at 79 Carricknadarrif Road, ‘Lake View’, Annahilt. Would anybody have any information?




Dawn Ralfe - New Zealand
Email: dandhralfe@xtra.co.nz

Date Entered: 10/11/2010

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Have info on Agnes Higginson (married Rev Edward Smyth) born about 1755, but looking for info on her parents William Higginson married Jane Gayer, and also Agnes's grandparents Thomas Higginson married Mary Colley. Interested too in Agnes Higginson's siblings.




Monica McCard - Lisburn, N. Ireland
Email: mojazzes@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 23/11/2010

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Hi I am looking some information or photos of my grandfather Dan Gorman, he had his own barber shop in Lisburn where McCalls is now. Thank you.




Kevin Kittilson - United States
Email: kittilson@gmail.com

Date Entered: 23/11/2010

More info:  http://mcquillans.net

Looking for info on descendents of any of the McQuillens who lived in Magheragall parish from the mid 1600s through the late 1800s. My own ancestor Edward McQuillen and his brother Samuel went to Canada about 1860, but their brother William and sister Elizabeth remained in Mullaghcarton Townland, and there were numerous cousins also there and in adjacent townlands. 1911 census shows just a single McQuillen family in Magheragall townland. Any info about any descendents of McQuillens from Magheragall & vicinity would be appreciated!!




Angela Walker - Cornwall, England
Email: worldbowler1@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 23/11/2010

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Have only just found this site and its great went to Forthill Girls School in Lisburn some years ago and have lost touch with most of my friends, if anyone wants to get in touch I would love to hear from them, its going to take me some time to look at everthing, I lived in Culcavey just outside Hillisborough and went to Primary School there I am now Living in Cornwall




Susan Lynass - Scotland
Email: sunaslynass@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 23/11/2010

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Hi. I am trying to find birth records of my father Thomas George Lynass 1924 lived at Harkness Parade, Lisburn




Bryan Dooley - N. Ireland
Email: bryannz76@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 23/11/2010

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I am looking for any New Zealanders living in Northern Ireland who are interested in meeting other New Zealanders living here. I have been here 6 years. I am married with 3 young children and live in Downpatrick




Patricia Manthorpe - England, UK
Email: patriciamanthorpe@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 30/11/2010

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Am trying to find cousins - name Murray- parents Andrew & Annie. Would love to know where they all are now. (Lisburn ?) Thanks.




Jutta Alms - Germany
Email: Jutta@4alms.de

Date Entered: 08/12/2010

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Sorry, can someone help me to find my brother in law Uwe Alms? He emigrated in 1984 with his wife, Norma born Moore and daughter Natalie to Ireland. Last contact phone number was Lisburn. He has 5 siblings and nieces and nephews that he does not know. We miss him and his family very much.




Peter O'Neill - Uk
Email: pete.oneill@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 08/12/2010

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Trying to contact Louis Gilbert who was researching the history of William Ashcroft in the late 1970s. Would like to meet up with him and/or find out if he managed to publish a history of this music hall owner/entertainer.




Millie Maphet Hammel - Atlanta, GA, United States
Email: milliehammel@bellsouth.net

Date Entered: 08/12/2010

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I am looking for ancestors Maphet (spelling may differ). Any records will help. I have no idea where to look. They were from Bellistan & Lisburn - Antrim county. Robert Maphet, a surgeon, Will dated April 1763 and proved June 1763. Thank you in advance for any help




David Freer - Canada
Email: dave_elke_alex@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 30/12/2010

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I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I have lived in Canada since I was 5. Is there a local historian/genealogist in Aghalee or nearby that would be able to help me with my research on my great, great grandfather (Henry Fryar b1851 in Aghalee) and family?




Ronald Hynds - Vancouver, Canada
Email: rhynds@live.com

Date Entered: 30/12/2010

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I emigrated, to Vancouver B.C. Canada, from 69, Young street, Lisburn in 1960. Michael Robinson lived on Montgomery drive, I last heard he was a manager for the city of Bristol U.K. he has been in and out of my head this last 2 weeks does any one know his location ?




Carol Brink - Wrentham, MA, USA
Email: cbrink@gis.net

Date Entered: 30/12/2010

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I'm looking for Clara Magill, a former parishioner of mine who returned to Lisburn a number of years ago. My e-mail to her was returned. She used to teach at an elementary school there. Does anyone know how to reach her?




Rosemary Jordan (nee Fleeton) - London, England
Email: fleet_r@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 30/12/2010

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My name was Fleeton I was born in Lisburn 1945. I attended the convent primary school and on to the convent later. Would you know if anyone would have photos of the girls at the Convent School in the fifties/sixties. I would have attended primary 1949-1956 and then the convent from 1956 to 1962 approx.




Rosemary McCormack - Newport, Wales
Email: rosemarymccormack775@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 30/12/2010

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I wonder if anyone can help me? I have the death certificate of one my ancestors- Isabella Truesdale, who died in 1922 in 9 Young Street, Lisburn. Has anyone by any chance got a street directory for this period and if so, can they tell me (a), where Young Street was situated, and (b) in whose name the property was listed. Many thanks for your time. Rosemary McCormack




Shaun Cheyne - Northern Ireland
Email: shaunpcheyne@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 05/01/2011

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I am writing a book on "Burke and Hare" the infamous serial murderers of 1827-28 in Edinburgh. William Hare/Haire born 1778 Co. Armagh, married in Lisburn Cathedral 1813 Maria Davis living in Market Lane/Pipers Hill 1819, son Ben Hare bapt.1814? Any local ancestors Hare or Davis?




Jackie Keenan - Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Email: jacqueline.keenan@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 05/01/2011

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I am doing my family tree the Neill family from Lambeg. I am looking for a James Neill who came from greenhill or churchlane Lambeg. He died on 1 july 1916 at the Somme. His wife was called Margaret and he had two sons James and Joseph who were twins if anyone has any info on where Margaret and Joseph were buried or any information please get in touch any information on the Neill family would be appreciated.




Marjorie Lane (nee Gorman) - Ontario, Canada
Email: lane43@Bell.net

Date Entered: 05/01/2011

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I am looking for info on Daniel Gorman who was living at 81 Young Street Lisburn on the 1901 and 1911 census along with his daughter Abigail English, great granddaughter Amelia Norwood Dickson, Simon McRoberts Dickson great grandson. On Daniel's second marriage to Mary Ann Heron. Daniel's father is down as a Philip Gorman. Would welcome any info on the names Gorman, English, Dickson.




Teresa Beardsmore (nee Mcardle) - England
Email: bessiebooh@aol.com

Date Entered: 05/01/2011

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My grandma Edith lived with her brother Johnnie in the 1901 census it says she was 12. I can find no record of her or my Gt Grandparents. They were living in ballyduggan at the time. I think my grandmother spent time in the workhouse as a child, is there a way of checking? I can not find any record of her birth or baptism. I do have her marriage cert. she was a Fitzpatrick. My Mcardles came from Downpatrick.




William Higginson - England
Email: whigginson@gmail.com

Date Entered: 06/01/2011

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I am seeking history of Croziers of Hillsborough. James and Thomas and families lived there 1830-1870. They had positions of. Parish Clerk, Weighmaster, School Masters, Watchmakers, Accountants and The South Down Milita, they also had the rights of To the Market given to them by Lord Downshire. Also James Crozier was the artist that recorded The Feast in 1837 and the original was presented to Lord Downshire. Copies have been made but would be interested to know where the original is and to find any copies. Any help would be gratfully received.




Melanie Milburn - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Email: hladas@cybermesa.com

Date Entered: 09/01/2011

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Looking for info or living relatives of my grandmother Eliza Jane Ewart, born 1900 in Lisburn, father John Ewart, mother Mary Carson. They lived on gregg street, as did GGF sister Sarah Ewart, and her son Alexander Ewart. I think the Carsons came from Armagh. Anyway, GGF died, Mary Carson remarried a Thomas Todd Craig and moved to Glasgow....did my grandmother have siblings still in the area? Any info greatly appreciated.




Janey Le Lorrain - Glasgow, Scotland
Email: janeydonnelly@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 17/01/2011

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I am looking for information on my relatives who came from the Drumbo area of Northern Ireland. My relatives are from the Jordan family and start with Andrew Jordan (born abt. 1800) and married to Ann Shaw. It is believed that Andrew was a publican. Their first son (James Jordan - born in 1820) married Isabella Johnston on 18 December 1841 at the Holy Trinity Church in Drumbo. Between 1843 and 1849 James and Isabella emigrated to Glasgow. Any assistance, particularly with further information about the family in Northern Ireland would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks Janey




Penny - Wellington, New Zealand
Email: holdenfa@paradise.net.nz

Date Entered: 17/01/2011

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I am trying to trace my great great grand father, William Flynn, born in 1841 cc in Warrenpoint and would have been baptised Catholic. He married Mary Gallagher on 19 June 1865 in Liverpool. His Father was William Flynn Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Penny Holden




Michael Watt - Dunsborough, Western Australia
Email: michaeljwatt@primus.com.au

Date Entered: 03/02/2011

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I am looking for information about my wife's family. Her grandfather, Samuel David Crothers was born in Hillsborough or Ballylintagh in 1889, and we believe that he is descended from Samuel Crothers b. Ballylintagh in 1824. Sam migrated to New Zealand about 1903 and to Australia about 1936. Thank you




David Logan - Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Email: david.logan@sympatico.ca

Date Entered: 12/02/2011

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I am looking for information on my great-great-grandfather,Matthew Rodgers, who lived in the Seagoe, Armagh. Ireland area. I do not have much to give in the way of clues to his identity. I do know that he was married to a Mary Cairns who died before 1877. They had two sons,Jeremiah Rodgers & William John Rodgers. Jeremiah was born in Seagoe, Armagh,Ireland about 1845 and married Elizabeth Buller on November 5th,1866. They later both moved to Scotland where they died. They had 8 children,2 born in Ireland and born in Scotland.William John was born in Seagoe,Armagh,Ireland between 1849 and 1851 and followed his older brother to Scotland where he married a Scottish lass in 1877. Any information that anyone might have would be very helpful. Thank you.




Teresa Beardsmore (nee Mcardle) - Cheshire, England, UK
Email: bessiebooh@aol.com

Date Entered: 02/03/2011

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I am looking for Patrick Mcardle his wife Jane and son Thomas Mcardle. Residing in pump lane lisburn in 1901. I am visiting Lisburn this month to try and find Pump Lane and hopefully the church my grandparents might have attended.




Vicki Ames - Lakewood, Colorado USA
Email: VICKIAMES@msn.com

Date Entered: 02/03/2011

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I am trying to locate information on the family of William Graham and Sarah Morrow Graham. I do know that they went to the First Presbyterian Church at Boardmills, from 1783 till 1793. I would like to find the marriage date for them and birth dates for them. Any help would be appreciated.




Barb Urquhart - Chilliwack, BC, Canada
Email: johnandbarb@telus.net

Date Entered: 21/03/2011

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I am looking for any information in Ireland regarding the following: Price Slater born about 1782, married Frances (Fanny) Donaldson 20 June 1810 in Hillsborough, Down. Fanny was baptised in Dromore, Down 9th July 1786. They were in Quebec Canada by 1831, and I have their history from there on. In 1830 Price was recorded in the Tithe book as being in Aghadunverran. thanks, Barb




Patrick M Shevlin - Derbyshire U.K
Email: patrick_shevlin@sky.com

Date Entered: 23/03/2011

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I am now almost 70 years old & my father died 36 years ago I am looking for information on my family & dads involvement in WW2, I do have the following information on his discharge certificate. 14315554 Shevlin Patrick, date of discharge 4th Feb 1946. The Royal Ulster Rifles. Total service 3yrs 127 days. Rank on discharge Rifleman, campaigns overseas service N.W.E. 19/4/44 to 20/5/45, N.W.E. 2/6/45 to 17/6/45 Infantry record office Perth, Enlisted 15th Oct 1942 in Beverly Nth Yorks. I have tried other avenues of investigation but so far no luck. .Yours sincerely Patrick M Shevlin (Paddy).




Mary Clarke - Glasgow, Scotland
Email: maryaclarke@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 27/03/2011

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My father had relatives at Purdysburn. He said their address was Ballynaha - could this be Ballynahatty Road? The relatives were named Patterson and were related to my grandmother Emily Brown (Marks) who lived in Glasgow. She died in about 1928. The relatives were a Susanna Patterson and there were several children - one was called Sammy Patterson and he lived in Belfast and had a motorbike. Any help gratefully received. Thanks.




Martin Åkesson - Malmö, Sweden
Email: akesson.martin@telia.com

Date Entered: 29/03/2011

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I am looking for information about second lieutenant James Furniss from Antrim who died July 31, 1917 in Flandern. Jag is also interested in getting in contact with relatives of him. I'm into writing a book about this officer and his history.




Gavin O'Connor - Missouri, USA
Email: oconnorg@otc.edu

Date Entered: 31/03/2011

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My fourth-great grandfather left Lisburn in 1811 and walked to Belfast to board a ship to the U.S. I am looking for any connection to our family in Lisburn. My grandfathers name was James O'Connor and was born in 1792. We know nothing of the family in Ireland but I have found a Denis O'Connor whose Will and Admons was recorded for 1849 in Lisburn. I have found no other documentation. James named his first son Denis, so I am speculating this may be a connection. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.




Tony Corrigan - Dublin, Ireland
Email: tttcorrigan@gmail.com

Date Entered: 11/04/2011

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Hello there, Its Tony Corrigan here, I want to say thank you for your site. Yesterday I visited Laa Loo cemetary having been given directions by a local man. I was looking for the resting place of my relative William Harbison, I could not see a headstone but I prayed for him and sang a song I have written in his memory. I am so glad to have found your site as it answered a question as to why I could not find any marker for him. Could you advise me as to where I can get more information re his family.




Gordon Ball - England
Email: gordon.s.ball@googlemail.com

Date Entered: 12/04/2011

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Hi I have just found this site whilst tracing my mothers side of the family. My mothers mother (granny) was born in Darganstown, at least that’s what is on her death certificate. My Mother was born in Kilminioge 1915. Is there an contact email for The Rambler, as he/she would know more about the place.




Edward Wright - Motherwell, Scotland.
Email: eddiesport@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 23/04/2011

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I'm looking for family of my late great grandfather John Wright. He was born in Lisburn in 1870. He was an electrician and I believe he worked in H&W before moving here to Scotland in I think 1899. His eldest son John Wright was killed in action in France in 1915 and his name is on the school war memorial. Along with many, many others sadly. My late father was named after this John Wright. Is there an H&W website of former employees at the new Titanic centre. I tell people my GGF fitted the headlights on the Titanic. You should see their faces. He actually left Lisburn before the keel was even laid but it's a good story. Any info much appreciated




Kenneth Allen - Ahoghill, Northern Ireland
Email: kenny.allen9366@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 18/05/2011

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Looking for any information on RJ Allen of 70 Bridge Street Lisburn or any decendents. RJ Allen owned a Second Hand Furniture Shop at 70 Bridge Street and also rented out properties in Eagan Lane and the Back Lane.




Denis McIlroy - Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.
Email: rogermcilroy1@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 18/05/2011

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Trying to find info about an accidental shooting injuring a girl at the Rabbit Hill in Dunmurry, possibly 1945.This girl was my mother Sadie Mc Ilroy. Any info would be welcomed..




Camilla Allison - London, England
Email: camilla.allison@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 18/05/2011

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I would be very grateful for any information about my ancestor James Agnew of Mossvale Lisburn Co Down who died 1798.




Cheryl Wright - Palmerston North, New Zealand
Email: cheryl-wright@clear.net.nz

Date Entered: 23/05/2011

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I am in the process of researching the Dawson family tree for a 2012 family reunion here in New Zealand. I understand there are some family graves in the grave yard of the Cargycreevy Prebyterian Church. I was hoping someone could go and take photos of these graves for me. Possible names are Jane Dawson, Thomas Dawson, John Dawson, Agness Patterson / Dawson. Deaths late 1800's early 1900's plus any other Dawson, Patterson or Todd graves. This would be greatly appreciated. I also understand Thomas Greer Dawson and Agnes Patterson were married in the Cargycreevy Prebyterian Church 13th Jan 1864 Thomas later married Margaret Patterson at the Railway St. second Prebyterian Church in Lisburn if anyone has and details about these people, or photos or should be related to them I would be greatful for any contact. I am happy to exchange for New Zealand research.




Denise (Dornan) Wright - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Email: rdwright471@rogers.com

Date Entered: 23/05/2011

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Hi, I'm looking for information on my great uncle JOHN ROSS RITCHIE. He was born in 1872 in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 1901 Census shows him living in Northern Ireland. He emigrated to New Zealand sometime after that. He lived at 9 Station Street, Napier, New Zealand with we think his wife and two children. He fought in WW1 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and was killed on September 15, 1916. I am trying to find his New Zealand family. Any information would be appreciated.




Arthur McWilliams - Oldbury, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Email: artymc43@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 23/05/2011

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Does anyone have any information on the WATSON FAMLY FROM 19 GROVE ST LOW RD FROM 1960. They had a daughter named Elsie, father was named Sandy, I would love to know for old time sake, lovely girl Elsie always in my thoughts, happy days.




Daryl Nelson - Vancouver, Canada
Email: darylfn@telus.net

Date Entered: 25/05/2011

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I am seeking family of my grandmother, Ruth Rachael McKibben who was born in 1879 in Hillsborough, Ireland. She was one of 12 children of William McKibben and Dorothea Leatham. William McKibben was the sunday school superintendent of the local Methodist church for 30 years. My grandmother immigrated to British Columbia, Canada early in the century.




Arthur McWilliams - Oldbury, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Email: artymc43@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 25/05/2011

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I am trying to contact Freda McWilliams living in Melbourne Australia, ex Lambeg. Her daughter left message on exiles in Australia with no e-mail address on this web site, concerning her mothers brothers still living Ireland, they are called David and Albert, I have two brothers called the same and I lived in Lambeg on river road round around the same time as freda, and my name is McWilliams would like to clear it up as I have no known sister called Freda anybody with her e-mail address or address would be most welcome.




Lucille O'Neill - Newtownabbey, N. Ireland
Email: venirmi@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 04/06/2011

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I have lost contact with my school friend Daphne Christie (nee Hall). She married a guy called Jim but I can't remember his surname. She lived in Cornwall Ontario Canada but I think moved when she married Jim. I have tried contacting her sister Phylis but without success. I lost all contact details when my pc was damaged during an accident. I have been trying to contact her for years and would like to hear from her. I can be emailed at the above email address.




Eileen Calvert nee Anderson - South Africa
Email: eileen.calvert1@absamail.co.za

Date Entered: 14/06/2011

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I am now living in south africa, but trying to find two school friends Linda Wray and Sally Corbett, dont have their married names We went to forthill and Lisburn Tech Also Elizabeth Sutton - play netball for forthill and the tech Please contact me




Patrick Rice - Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Email: patrick.rice58@gmail.com

Date Entered: 19/06/2011

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Hey you Lisburn Rice's. George Rice was born about 1860 (supposedly in Lisburn) to John Rice. George was married in 1893 (Lisburn RC Church). Waiting to hear from my long lost cousins!




Kathleen Chambers - Peterborough, England
Email: kathleen1511@googlemail.com

Date Entered: 22/06/2011

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Do you have any information on the Kingsmore family who lived in Dunmurry from the period 1910 until 1950 during the period? If so please email me




Rev Dr Lee Rayner - Dundee, Scotland
Email: leerayner51@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 07/07/2011

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Thanks for the informative site. Here in Dundee I am trying to find out about Raith Mor (Rathmore)nr Antrim but there seems to be nothing online. Does anyone have any photos of this site?




Brian Wilson - N. Ireland
Email: home2swap@aol.com

Date Entered: 25/07/2011

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Does anyone know this family please? Can you help? The family surname is WILSON. Known to have lived in Lisburn, probably in the late 1950s and/or early 1960s. Three of the sons were called Brian, Danny and Joseph (I think the third was called Joseph?). Brian and Danny Wilson both joined the Royal Air Force. Brian was a medic known to have served at RAF Uxbridge in 1966 - 1967. All three of these brothers are now believed to be pensioners, probably with grandchildren. It is believed that the mother of these sons died of cancer, probably in the late 1950s or early 1960s, unsure of exact date. Also, she is believed to have had long red hair (that may have been a myth, although, it may well have been correct). Can you help please?




Cheryle Dreaver - Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Email: waycher@clear.net.nz

Date Entered: 28/07/2011

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I am researching the family name LANSDALE. (LONSDALE/LONSDAY) My 3 x great grandfather James LANSDALE (born about 1798 died 1866) married Mary Eleanor/Ellen EDEN (born about 1803 died 1872) on 11th March 1828 in the Parish of Blair, Lisburn, Down of Connor. They had 1 daughter Mary Jane Clarke LANSDALE who was born on the 10th March 1829 in Lisburn Ireland. (died 1919) It appears that this family may have lived in Scotland for a period of time as they left from Glasgow for New Zealand on the 30th October 1839 aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" bound for (Pitione/Petone) Port Nicholson (now Wellington.) They arrived at Port Nicholson on the 20th February 1840. Mary Jane Clarke LANSDALE was 11 years old when she arrived in New Zealand. She married William JUDD junior on 12th August 1844 at Pitione (Petone)New Zealand. They had 12 children, 9 sons and 3 daughters. All of the above people are buried in the St James Churchyard, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. These people are some of the earliest settlers in Lower Hutt. If there is anyone who is doing research on this family, I would be very interested in sharing information with them.




Jane Harden - Comber, Co Down, N. Ireland
Email: jmhni@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 29/07/2011

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I'm currently researching my maternal family tree and would love to hear from anyone who knows of the Kernaghan family from Lisburn, who moved to Belfast around 1880. My great great great grandfather was Christopher Kernaghan, my great great grandfather was William Kernaghan (married to Mary Stafford), and my great grandfather was Joseph Kernaghan (married to Margaret Campbell). All the Kernaghans appear to have been born around Largymore, Lisburn.




Reanna Brome - New Zealand
Email: broome.reanna@yahoo.co.nz

Date Entered: 31/07/2011

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Hi. I am trying to locate any information on William Kennedy grandson to Charlotte and Jacob Fletcher from Ireland, and so to Elizabeth Kennedy and Thomas Kennedy from Ireland. Just would like any information any one can share with me would be great, I know very little but there names.




Peggy Greer - Atlanta, GA, USA
Email: peggysgreer@comcast.net

Date Entered: 02/08/2011

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Looking for GREERs. Believe my Thomas Greer was born near Lisburn abt 1710. Would love to have any info.




Millie Maphet Hammel - St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Email: milliehammel@bellsouth.net

Date Entered: 11/08/2011

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Hi, I'm researching the Maphet family. They were from Co. Antrim & dates back to 1763. Daughters of Robert Maphet Mary M: Thomas Bartholemew and Margaret M: John Dillon around the same time. There is also a John Poss, buried in Lambeg church yard. I have not had any luck getting any other info. If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. I'm stuck. Thanks




Diana Kennedy - London, England
Email: dmvchkennedy@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 14/08/2011

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I would like to contact any local historian researching Revd John Gifford rector of Moira 1727? Where did he come from? What was his social standing etc? How much was the living worth annually? Who was the patron? Why is John Gifford described as 'the first resident rector of Moira'? what was his academic background? I want to establish why he turned up as Rector of Moira. Help!




Irene Gleeson - Dublin, Ireland
Email: igleeson@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 06/09/2011

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I am trying to locate Mrs Brenda Ross nee Shuttleworth widow of Sean Ross, she is originally from Selly oak Birmingham UK, and was living in Dungannon Co Tyrone during her marraige, she may be in her middle 70S, has one daughter Christine age 56 twin sons Peter and Paul 55 and the youngest Joe age 49,she may be living in Bangor Co Down since her husbands death,i would appreciate any information on her whereabouts as i lost contact with her years ago. Thanks Irene Gleeson




James Florance - Leiston, Suffolk, England
Email: jandp.florance@talktalk.net

Date Entered: 20/09/2011

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I am seeking information regarding my late grandfather Rev Henry Wilby Florance. He was a Congregational Minister in the Lisburn or the surrounding area during the period 1889 - 1900. The family have no records of what church / chapel he ministered in or anything that covered that period. He reputedly undertook a mission in Cork. He also reputedly was a founder member of the Irish N.S.P.C.C. according to The Congregational Church Records here in England.




Steven Malia - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Email: smalia2010@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 03/10/2011

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I am looking for a christening record for John Gilliland he was born 1842 in Lisburn he was presbyterian his father was James Gilliland. I am also trying to find out who his mother was John is my mothers great great grandfather please help.




Robert Ferris - Lincolnshire, England
Email: ferris130@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 17/10/2011

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Searching for descendants of John McClure and Jane Anna (Gawley) McClure 1860s. Some of their children were Margaret McClure who married Charles Turkington, my Grandad, from Moira 1904 Anna Martha McClure who married a William Tate 1920 and a Elizabeth McClure married Joshua G Morrow 1912. Any help welcomed. Bob




Bert McGarry - New Zealand
Email: bertmelva@paradise.net.nz

Date Entered: 17/10/2011

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I would like to know anyting about my GGGrandfather Lawson or his children Mary 2/2/1829, Jacob 3/1/1832, George 12/6/1834, Joseph 7/10/1836, John 1845. Lawson leased land from Catherine Barnsley Old Warren 1862. Jacob came to New Zealand in 1872. Thank you Bert




Kami Cook - New Hampshire, USA.
Email: mami121604@aol.com

Date Entered: 17/10/2011

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Researching my Nana's family. Her Grandfather Joseph HULL was born in Ireland, his brother William HULL's death certificate syas he was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marriage records here in America state they are the sons of Issac and Margaret (Unknown Maiden) HULL. I have recently found deaths for Margaret HULL in 1864 Lisburn and Issac HULL It lists her father as Robert FORSYTHE and his as Jnas HULL. I would love to know what churches were in Belfast these 3 years, 1864,1865, and 1871. This has been a "brick wall" in my research for about 5 years.Hoping to break it with any information pertaining to these people in Lisburn...William was 21 when he took his young brother Joseph age 10 from Ireland to America. Anything regarding Isaac, Margaret and Jona HULL would be appreciated, thanks.




Brian Sturgeon - Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Email: bjsturgeon@cogeco.ca

Date Entered: 17/10/2011

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It is rather a request for help in locating friend. His name is John Sturgeon and he lived at 37 Nettle Hill Road Lisburn Co. Antrim Northern Ireland BT28 2HA I was in contact with him over the years. I knew he was very sick and now I have not heard from him in a while. His semi detached home is for sale as well. I am requesting or rather asking if you could help me with any information on John. If you can, I would greatly appreciate anything that you may know about his whereabouts or indeed if he is still around. Thank you.




Marion Griffin - Antrim, NI
Email: m.townsley743@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 19/10/2011

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I am looking for help as I am doing my family history regarding Stafford Crossan my great great great grandfather or any Crossans. I would appreciate all the help you could give me




Tony Woods - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Email: tony.woods@optusnet.com.au

Date Entered: 24/10/2011

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Looking for any info on SKELLY & WOODS. My paternal grandmother, Margaret Hagan SKELLY (born 1900) lived at 122 Grand St, Lisburn by the 1911 Census. Parents William Skelly (1857) & Mary Jane (1861) and brothers/sisters - Ellen Taggart (1886), James (1890), Martha (1892), Isabella (1894), William (1896) & Walter (1898). Margaret married William Joseph WOODS in the 1920s - 3 children, John Andrew (1925) James (1927) and William Joseph (1929). They migrated to Australia Nov 1938, Margaret had died prior to this. They lived at 17 East Down View, Lisburn. Many thanks.




Terri Brosnan - Meath, Ireland
Email: terri@equigeek.com

Date Entered: 05/11/2011

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I am looking for any details about Pauline Slevin of Riverside Drive/Harmony Hill area in Lisburn. She was living there in the late 60's. I would appreciate any information as to her current whereabouts or that of her family. Thank you.




Harry Blanton-Binkow - Athens, Georgia, USA
Email: harry.binkow@gmail.com

Date Entered: 07/11/2011

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I am a Imperial Russian historian, and publicist for a European Royal Family member. I am trying to locate William Lloyd Lavery (aka Michael Gray), who lives in Lisburn, Co Antrim. He is married with two children, approximate age 64. He was Principal at Lurgan College until about 1997. I wish to contact him to provide additional personal details. Can you assist me in locating him?




Andrew McBride - Hanover, Ontario, Canada
Email: thesoundsofscotland@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 15/11/2011

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I am trying to trace relatives of Robert Bell a Spirit Merchant, grocer/publican of Chapel Hill, Lisburn from about 1861 - 1880 and his daughter Eleanor Bell born around 1880. Any help would be very much appreciated Andrew McBride




Gary McFarling - Aldershot, Hampshire, U.K.
Email: gpmcfarling@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 22/11/2011

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I'm researching my mothers Flanagan ancestry, and they lived in Lisburn around 1930. If possible is there a photo of the cottages of where they were a residence, this is the address: The Nook (COTTAGES), Temple, Boardmills, Lisburn, Co.Down Any reply will be very much appreciated!




Catherine Berner - Netherlands (Holland)
Email: jpgmies@onsbrabantnet.nl

Date Entered: 23/11/2011

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I am trying to trace a Kathleen Elizabeth Mackay (Isa?) who used to live in Belfast and who now I believe lives in Lisburn.




Kevin McGivern - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Email: kevinmcgivern@rogers.com

Date Entered: 29/11/2011

More info:  http://lisburn.com/books/huguenots/huguenots.html

Born in Ballykinler, Co Down. Fathers family from thereabouts, mothers family from Kilkeel/Annalong. I'm trying to get information about the names Hanette and Annet which E Joyce Best mentions in the Huguenot book on your site. Specifically, I'd like to know more-if available- about the "shipwreck" that was alluded to therein.




Anne McGreevy - Belfast, N. Ireland
Email: annetmcgreevy@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 01/12/2011

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Would anyone know where I could find the buriel records of Holy Trinity Cemetery 1903 1943 1944. Catholic church or proni do not have them.




Shaun P. Cheyne - Railway Street, Lisburn, N. Ireland
Email: shaunpcheyne@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 01/12/2011

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Looking for information on William Hare 1778 to 1862 of Burke and Hare fame. William Hare lived married and had a son in Lisburn 1813 to 1819




Thomas McDonald - Chicago, IL, USA
Email: 1944mayo@att.net

Date Entered: 06/12/2011

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I now live outside Chicago but I was born in Co.Mayo. My Father and Grandfather were from Lisburn. My Dad gave me an essay book on a visit about 30 years ago . The book has some postcard size watercolours .The artists signature is A McNeill. Also some enhanced photo postcards with a signature Wm Green. I would like to know who these people are. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you P.S. The date on the book is 1934




Jennifer Boyd - Broomhedge. N. Ireland
Email: jaynifur@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 10/12/2011

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I have just recently moved to halfpenny gate road & interested to know the history of the street & the history of the labourers cottage I live in. I know it was built in 1800's so must have many stories to tell. I have found a fantastic portrait in the attic & would love to know who she was, any help gratefully received.




Darcy Smith - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA
Email: dmsmax@msn.com

Date Entered: 19/12/2011

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Looking for birthdate and parents of Mary Logan Graham, born circa 1863 Lisburn, Co. Antrim. She married Samuel Joyce in Portadown, Armagh in 1893. Any leads would be appreciated.




George Bell - Belfast, N. Ireland
Email: bellgr@lsbu.ac.uk

Date Entered: 20/12/2011

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My grandfather William George Bell and family John, Eileen, Sadie and Joe were connected to the Legacurry area. They are all dead now. John the oldest was my father. Eileen was buried on Monday in London. Her sons and daughters want to trace their roots a bit more so it would be nice if any one you know have done a history of Legacurry say going back over the last 150 years or so. I think there would be cousins of the Bells - MacAreavys ? Also I think there are some of the connections to Broomhedge as well but that is more the Maze area. My understanding is my grandfather might have been COI but he became Exclusive Brethren and after the family grew up he lived in Lisburn and went the the Brethren Hall there. My late Uncle Joe went to Sloan street Presbyterian Church. Sorry to burden you with all this. But if there is a local historian who might help it would be good to have their contact details.




Mary Rossi - Holbrook, New York, USA
Email: rirossi@suffolk.lib.ny.us

Date Entered: 20/01/2012

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Does anyone have any information on the Campbell, McNamara family who lived in Lisburn on Canal Street 1901? Any old photos of the street? Thank you.




Mary Rossi - Edison, New Jersey, USA
Email: rirossi@suffolk.lib.ny.us

Date Entered: 20/01/2012

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Does anyone have any information on the Campbell, McNamara family who lived in Lisburn on Canal Street 1901? Any old photos of the street? Thank you.




Susan Dowey - Victoria, Australia
Email: scdowey@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 21/01/2012

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Just seeking any info on Henry Dowey who married Sarah Tate in Aghalee Aug 1831. He was a Bailiff at the Court in Dromore and their daughters Sarah Jane (married Alexander Wilson) and Catherine (married Robert Johnston) at Church of Ireland Moira. They eventually all immigrated to Australia. Chasing info further back from Marriage of Henry and Sarah if possible. Many Thanks




James Florance (Rev'd) - England
Email: jandp.florance@talktalk.net

Date Entered: 21/01/2012

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I am wondering whether you could help me. I am seeking a photograph, if one exists, of a one time Congregational Church sited in Sloan Street. According to an ordnance survey map of about 1883-1907 'The Congregational Church of Lisburn' was situated where Sloan Street runs into Saintfield Road opposite the land that separates Mercer Street from Trumbles Highway (now known as Cromwell's Highway). My late grandfather, Rev'd Henry w Florance, was the minister there circa 1899 - 1900. If you are able to help or point me in the right direction I would be most grateful. Yours faithfully, James Florance (Rev'd)




Alana McGurgan - Armagh, Northern Ireland
Email: alana@alanamcgurgan.wanadoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 22/01/2012

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I Would like information on my Grandmother Louise McGaffin (nee Ruddy) who I was told buried in St Johns Moira at the back of the Church in the Ruddy family grave, i think she died around 1926, My late Aunt was recently buried there. any help would be welcome Many thanks




Broder Tuff - Launceston,Tasmania, Australia
Email: atuff67@bigpond.com

Date Entered: 25/01/2012

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I am interested in finding out information about Julie and Barry Hickey who lived at Hilden. Their father was Harold Hickey who was the manager of the Bleach green for many years. I believe Julie married a doctor and went to Germany and I think Barry worked for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. I would be interested in any information about them.




Ciaran Crossey - Lisburn, N. Ireland
Email: joesoap1@live.com

Date Entered: 22/02/2012

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Hi. i am lookin information or even picturess of Chapel Hill from 1800's on wards. My Great grandfather had a shop on it. It was where Hanna's bike shop is now . it was a shoe shop as far as i know was called Crossey's shoe shop so my dad says. Anyone with info on this please get back to me i have been searching for ages.




Brian William Thomas. - England
Email: brianwthomas@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 22/02/2012

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I am looking for any info on my grannie Cassie/Catherine McCord, who used to live at 15 Hilden View, Tullynacross. Also I have NO knowledge on her husband. Or how large was her family. One of her daughters was my mum Mary Thomas, in Blackpool from 1947. married to Cliff. Would also like info on the little woman who was the life and soul of Hilden View.




Susan Maclean - Edinburgh, Scotland
Email: su_maclean@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 26/02/2012

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Hi, I am looking for any information about my grandmother's family. Her Grandfather was called John Turley, a housepainter born in 1830 died 1941. I know that his father, also John Turley, born c.1830 and married to Catherine Lynch, left Lisburn and lived in Elderslie, Scotland. His Daughter Margaret Turley, my great-grandmother came to his family in Lisburn in 1910 and gave birth to my grandmother Maria Buchan there before returing to Paisley, Scotland. I wondered if any of this rang any bells and if any of the family were still in the area. I would love anyone with a connection or information to get in touch.




Peter Mac Courtney - San Jose, Costa Rica
Email: peter.maccourtney@gmail.com

Date Entered: 08/03/2012

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I am looking for information regarding the birth of my grandfather on july 4TH 1884 his name was Joseph Mac Courtney and his father was William Mccourtney and mother Elisabeth Howell. They lived in Lisburn Antrim. Any information will help me a lot.




Catherine Davies - Welshpool, Wales
Email: catherinecookson75@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 12/03/2012

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I am looking for davies family connections to Lisburn, Belfast, North Wales and Newtown Powys. GWENDOLINE and EDWARD Davies (great grand parents) had children:- GEORGE, Hazel, Beryl, Len, Dillis, Ken, Desmond, Eric. GEORGE married Elizabeth from lisburn who died in Dec 1984, they moved to North Wales. they had children:- Gwendoline, Valerie, Kathleen, GEORGE and Desmond. GEORGE married Margaret Owen in Newtown Powys in 1966. They had 3 children Lesley Ann, Mark and George. Elizabeth from lisburn spent years looking for Mark and George after Lesley died in 1972 aged 6. Do you recognise any of this family? I may have not got all details correct. If you can help find our family please do. Thanks




David Pettifer - Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
Email: davidpettifer2@gmail.com

Date Entered: 12/03/2012

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Hi I am descended from the Callwell family of Lismoyne (Lismoine). I'm trying to find any info on this family. Any help would be appreciated thankyou.




Paula Majury - Ontario, Canada
Email: pmajury@yahoo.com

Date Entered: 12/03/2012

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I am hoping to find some info regarding my great grandparents, James Majury and Margaret Cunningham. Married in the First Pres. Church in Lisburn Mar.3 1863, I can not find birth registrations for their first two sons, James, born Mar. 18, 186? and John, born July 27, 1866. I do find Henry Majury their 3rd son, b. Dec. 28, 1867 died 1868 in Glenavy. Robert is next in Glenavy 1869, followed by Samuel in 1873. There was another son, Alfred, born Sept 29, 1871 that I can't find a registration for. I am assuming it was Glenavy as well. Our surname is frequently misspelled and this could be the problem. Any help would be appreciated...Thanks!




Coreen Allen - Hampshire, UK
Email: c.allen187@ntlworld.com

Date Entered: 18/03/2012

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Hi, I am trying to find out any information about my Allen family. I have gone back as far as George Allen, born about 1798,a shoemaker from Glanavy,Lisburn,who possibly married a lady with the surname Thompson. I know he had at least two sons;Edward Allen born 1828 & John Allen born 1831,also both shoemakers. I believe he also had sons James,born c1831 & David Allen,born about the same time,also shoemakers. These last two are buried in Lisburn Catherdral Graveyard. James probably married Mary Short. There may have been other children. Any help gratefully received. Regards Coreen




Sandra Martin - Greenock, Scotland
Email: martini14@btinternet.com

Date Entered: 12/04/2012

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My father was born in Longstone Street, Lisburn and came to Greenock with his father Dominic Martin, mother Agnes nee Mc Bride. I have been researching the family tree and have discovered my grandfather was one of 9 children. My father was only aware of another uncle Joseph Martin and two sisters all three went in to religious life. You can imagine my fathers surprise to find there was another 5 children. I can find the whole family in the 1901 census at 72 Chapelhill Street and the four younger children living with an aunt at 24 Chapelhill Street my grandfather was one of these children. I have research as much as I can but can not find what happened to the parents it is very odd that my grandfather never spoke about them and I would love to solve the mystery for my dad. I would appreciate any help or advice on how to take this forward. Regards Sandra Martin




Ruth Donnelly - Raliegh, North Carolina, USA
Email: jrdonnel@bellsouth.net

Date Entered: 12/04/2012

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I am researching my family & would so like to contact Rev. David Pierce, Recotr of St. John's Parish Church in Hillsborough. My great-grandmother, Sarah Topping Patterson was buried in St. John's Churchyard, Hillsborough & it would be wonderful if I could obtain more information about her & her family. I will be in Belfast in Sept. 2012 & would like to do research in Hillsborough. Please help me contact the correct people to accomplish that!! Thank you so very much, Ruth Patterson




Anne Cameron - Newry, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Email: annamcameron@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 17/04/2012

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Trying to locate a family called Mulholland who lived in Tonagh area of Lisburn in early 1970's. Parents were Barney and May and daughter was Bernadette. Any information greatly received. Thanks.




Erla Angell - Queensland, Australia
Email: celticlassie1066@gmail.com

Date Entered: 28/04/2012

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Hello from Downunder. I am seeking any living descendants of HILL or HAMILTON McCONNELL. HILL who on the 1901 and 1911 census was living in the Parish of Saintfield - in Townland of Bressagh and IT IS BELIEVED they both were brothers of my great grandfather David McConnell. Parents were Robert and Jane (King) McConnell. David married Grace Davidson/Davison in Lisburn went to Wishaw in Scotland in the early 1870's and then migrated to Brisbane Australia in 1887. Grace Carlisle Davidson/Davison, wife of David, was chrisened in Boardmills (in the Presbyterian church that closed) Other names that connect are Curry/Corry? ***ANY HELP REALLY APPRECIATED THANKYOU




Steven Malia - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Email: smalia2010@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 28/04/2012

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I am still looking for birth record for John Gilliland of antrim his father was James Gilliland. John was born 1841 possibly 1840 someone please help I am trying to find out where the both of them are buried as well also who the mother was.




Richard Martin - Reading, Berks, England
Email: richardandjillmartin@tiscali.co.uk

Date Entered: 01/05/2012

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I am trying to trace my grandfather's marriage on 24 November 1899. From his Army records I know he was married in Lisburn by Rev D Trundle (or something very similar) but do not know the Church. Does anybody know which Church he was Minister.




Erla Angell - Queensland, Australia
Email: celticlassie1066@gmail.com

Date Entered: 04/05/2012

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Further to my search for living connections to my McCONNELL families. ROBERT and JANE (could be KING, KINGON or KINGING as in the Parish Registers,Boardmills McConnell. ROBERT and JANE had possible children Jane c. 1826 then on the registers at Boardmills, we have MARY ANN, born or chris.08 May 1828( 7th child )SAMUEL born or christened 08 May 1828 (8th child at baptism) family living at Bresagh and HAMILTON born or chris 07 1834 Spouse possible Anna. I have doubts now that Hill McConnell was of this family. ROBERT the father of DAVID (a weaver) was given as a labourer on David's marriage cert. on 26th August 1857 DAVID and GRACE CARLISLE DAVISION married in the Registry Office in Lisburn. Residence at time of marriage was at Creevytennant Parish of Magheradrool Witnesses were Robert Hunter and Sarah Smith. There is a RobertMcConnell born in 1789 on the UHF Born 10/5/1789 . Parents Robert and Jane also. Church of Ireland Parish of Shankill, St Anne's So could this be him ??? Also there in a grave MI of a Robert McConnell just the name on the stone, nothing else. This is in Ballinahinch Church yard. On the 1863-1864 Griffiths Valuation there is a Robert McConnell living at Creevytennant. So my search for living connections goes on. Any help appreciated. Thankyou




Martin Hunter - Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Email: martin.hunter@rocketmail.com

Date Entered: 12/05/2012

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I am trying to find the burial place of William Allen who died at 22 Castlereagh St on the 10th of Jan.1912, he was 84 yrs of age and he was a was Qtr. Master Serg. in the Royal Artillery. Any help would be appreciated.




Susan Cunningham - Manchester, England
Email: susiebcunningham@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 18/05/2012

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I am writing a book about Sir Crawford McCullagh Lord Mayor of Belfast who was a business colleague and friend of William Gibson. I have written an account of the life of Mr Gibson in my book with regard to his relationship with McCullagh and wondered if you had any photos of William Gibson or 'Gibson's Corner'. Any info would be very helpful. Many thanks. Susie cunningham




Laraine Ramsey - Melbourne, Australia
Email: wlramsey@tpg.com.au

Date Entered: 19/05/2012

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I am researching Sarah Blackburn born c1815, second daughter of Robert Blackburn, formerly of Lisburn. Married John Macnamara at Laurel Hill in 1833. Son, James born in Belfast 1834. Sailed to Australia aboard "Gulnare" 1834. Francis Blackburn also a passenger (related?) Brother Adam died in Trinidad age 25 in 1836. Sarah died in Geelong, Victoria in 1869. She was survived by four of her six children. Sarah was my gggg grandmother. Any information on the Blackburns of Lisburn would be appreciated.




Madelaine Foster (nee Gibson) - Jersey, Channel Islands
Email: dorriestirling@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 19/06/2012

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For the attention of Madelaine Foster (nee Gibson) ** Hi Madelaine. This is just a chance I’m taking but I happened to be thinking about Lisburn and my growing up days and I just put your name in and Brownlea School came up. My name was Doris Baxter and lived at 99 Benson Street. I left N. Ireland when I was 18 and have lived in Jersey since then. I married John Stirling but sadly he passed away 9 years ago so I am on my own. But very busy I have two daughters who are married and three grandchildren, two little boys aged 2 and 4 and a little grand daughter coming 3. I retired last year after 32 years with Lloyds TSB Bank so have a bit more time to dabble on my computer. We did run about together and I remember if it was you that you met your husband at one of the dances we used to go to in Belfast and I’m almost positive his name was Jim Foster!! I will leave it to you to get in touch if I am right I think I may be and I would love to hear of how you are. With kind regards. Dorrie (I’ve used this name since I came to live in Jersey!!!) Stirling




William Wright - Franklin Township, Marion County, Iowa, USA
Email: profozone@gmail.com

Date Entered: 21/06/2012

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In 1801, Hans Wright arrived in the US from Northern Ireland, settling in - and eventually dying in - the state of Tennessee. We know not from whence he originally came. Although, with a name like "Hans", we presume he was from Co. Antrim or Co. Down. We also have reason to believe he was a Methodist and sympathetic towards the United Irishmen. We've thought he might be related to James Wright of Moyrusk (step-son of Patrick Cunningham of Priesthill Methodist fame), but I wonder if he's a grandson of Hans Cumberland in Lisburn (the baker who entertained John Wesley during his first visit to the North). Or, perhaps our Hans Wright is related to someone else entirely. If you're reading this and you happen to know anything about Hans (or where I might look to find information about him), We'd be most grateful to hear from you! Thanks!




Jane Teskey - Canada
Email: teskey@xcelco.on.ca

Date Entered: 06/07/2012

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I am seaching for Rev. James Alexander Fair family? Who it was found to be at the Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn in the Diocese of Connor (Church of Ireland) he had 2 sisters Margaret and Caroline who both married REV's. Rev P.T. Reilly and Rev.Canon Christopher Somerset Lowry if any one has family contact information to the Fair family please write me Thank you




Gloria Jones - Lisnaskea Co Fermanagh, living now in Augher co Tyrone.
Email: gloria.jones@hotmail.co.uk

Date Entered: 07/07/2012

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Looking for information on an Olive Kathleen McKee nee North born in 1900, she lived near Purdysburn in 1948 as she was relative on my grandad North's death certificate. She would be my great aunt. Her sister Dorothy was my grandmother married to Robert Kernaghan in Lisnaskea.




Moya Warren - Australia
Email: mwa14031@bigpond.net.au

Date Entered: 12/07/2012

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I am searching for information on Alexander Mackey, who farmed land in Mullaghcarton/Magheragall. Believed to have married in Lisburn in 1856. I would appreciate and help in finding his wife and children. Thankyou




Lynn Debra Carr - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Email: ldcvr@bell.net

Date Entered: 16/07/2012

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Searching for information on my mother's family. Her name is Constance Bennett born February 1, 1935. Her father is Alexander William Bennett, born August 3, 1900 and died March 14, 1980. Her mother was Florence Madeline Brown, born around 1907 and died in 1944. My mom originally lived at 38 Cooke Street then moved to 66 Balfour Avenue. Her paternal grandfather lived with them and he died sometime between 1974 and 1979. She married Walter David Alexander Carr in 1961. I was born in 1968 and my sister, Anne, in 1971. We emigrated to Canada in 1974. Any help would be much appreciated.




Michael Nelson - Belfast, N. Ireland
Email: michaelnelson52@yahoo.co.uk

Date Entered: 24/07/2012

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Interested in information regarding my Great grandfather Robert Nelson (Farmer) born around 1850.His wife was Anne and had six children John, David, George, Robert, Margaret and Annie. Presbyterian's Lived and worked in Dunmurry in 1870 onwards.




D. McConnell - Belfast, N. Ireland
Email: danika.mcconnell@hotmail.com

Date Entered: 25/07/2012

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Hi, I am trying to put together a family tree and find out more about my ancestors. They are William Belshaw who married Elizabeth Larmour and lived in Magheragall. William Belshaw owned the Belshaw Quarry close to Lisburn. I am aware they had at least one child named Sarah, any information would be grately appriciated.