Updated Details for Annie Jamison And A Picture of Her Son, William

Following up on my recent post about the two Williams (my paternal great grandfather and his eldest son), I’ve received some great additional snippets of information for both William Junior and his mother Annie Jamison, nee Hewer. Death of Annie Jamison, nee Hewer Nevin at the North Antrim Local Interest List blog sent me a copy of Annie’s death certificate, which I hadn’t been able … Continue reading Updated Details for Annie Jamison And A Picture of Her Son, William

Linking Us All Together – Newspaper Archives, DNA Testing and Ancestry Sites

I started my family history quest around 2009, and for the last twelve years I’ve gathered information working backwards from my parents and other family. I’ve subscribed to various family tree blogs and sites, and ordered duplicate birth, marriage and death certificates from public record offices, mainly PRONI – I’ve also visited record offices in Northern Ireland in person. I was also very lucky to … Continue reading Linking Us All Together – Newspaper Archives, DNA Testing and Ancestry Sites

A Scandal In 1936- When Eliza Purcell Murdock Met Charles Frederick Jamison

When I was quite young, I was a typical little pitcher with big ears, and I often overheard strange family stories and salacious scraps of lore. One such story was from my mother, talking about my dad’s two mysterious half-sisters. She recalled vague rumours that they were the products of an illicit relationship or a first marriage of his dad, my grandfather Charles Frederick Jamison. … Continue reading A Scandal In 1936- When Eliza Purcell Murdock Met Charles Frederick Jamison

Updating The Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Hilda

Two and a half years ago I published this post about my aunt Hilda, the only Jamison sibling of my dad’s generation that I hadn’t traced. I didn’t even know for sure if she was still alive, as her last known address was in Ontario, Canada. House moves on both sides of the Atlantic meant the remaining family members had lost contact details. While working … Continue reading Updating The Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Hilda

A Tale of Two Williams – A Father & Son Who Died within 4 Years of Each Other

With the arrival of the third UK COVID lockdown, 2021 is offering unique opportunities to catch up with outstanding family history blog posts. One that’s been on my to-do list for quite a while is the timeline of my long-lived great-grandfather, William McDowell Jamison, compared with his namesake son William Jamison, who sadly died in 1935 aged just 37. William Senior outlived his son, dying … Continue reading A Tale of Two Williams – A Father & Son Who Died within 4 Years of Each Other

First Marriage of Eliza Purcell Jamison

I first posted about my paternal grandmother being married twice a couple of years ago in this post – I now have a copy of her marriage certificate: Date of marriage: 23rd April 1924 Place of marriage: Bushmills Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Route Marriage of: Samuel Murdock and Eliza McCurdy Purcell Age of groom: full (i.e. 21 years or older) Age of bride: 16 years, … Continue reading First Marriage of Eliza Purcell Jamison

Updates to The Family Tree – William and Betty Jamison Descendants and the Cousins Family

My second cousin Shirlene (I think that’s right – our paternal grandfathers were brothers?) has been good enough to fill in some gaps and correct some names and dates on our shared family tree. I’m always really grateful when people take time out to get in touch and help build our tree – without your kind input, it would be little more than a family … Continue reading Updates to The Family Tree – William and Betty Jamison Descendants and the Cousins Family

Annie Hewer, A Lead Miner’s Daughter

Following up an earlier clue from the 1901/1911 census records that my great-grandmother Annie Jamison nee Hewer was born in England, together with information provided by Nevin at NALIL that Annie’s son Oswald Hewer Jamison was born in Cumbria I was able to locate a birth certificate for Annie from 1874 from the General Register’s office online. Annie would thus have been 21 when her son … Continue reading Annie Hewer, A Lead Miner’s Daughter

Updating the Family Tree – William McDowell Jamison’s Parents, Date & Place of Birth

Fantastic source of North Antrim genealogy info and all-round great guy Nevin Taggart from the North Antrim Local Interest blog contacted me in July (I know, I’ve got a backlog of blog posts to thrash out!) with some exciting news for this site; he had located a baptism record for my paternal great-grandfather William McDowell Jamison. Up to this point, William was as far back … Continue reading Updating the Family Tree – William McDowell Jamison’s Parents, Date & Place of Birth

Updating the Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Phyllis

It’s always hard to write these sad updates; they diminish, not add to our family story, but they are an unavoidable element of any family history. It’s with great sadness that I pass on news of the loss of my Aunt Phyllis nee Jamison, earlier in the year in March, aged 83. (edit – corrected from 84) Phyllis passed away in Belfast, and is survived … Continue reading Updating the Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Phyllis