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

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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

Curating a List of Northern Irish Food – My Pinterest Board

I’ve posted before about Northern Ireland’s love affair with chip shops so I thought it would be fun to provide some more info on the food of Ulster. I have a Pinterest page with boards the cover my various interests, one of which is Northern Irish food – I added a few more items to it last week and thought it would be fun to … Continue reading Curating a List of Northern Irish Food – My Pinterest Board

Oswald Hewer Jamison – Born in Cumbria 1895

This post is long overdue; several years ago I received confirmation that my great uncle Oswald Hewer Jamison was born in northern England, but I somehow forgot to post an update on here. The question of Oswald’s place of birth was first posed  ten years ago by Nevin of the North Antrim Local Interest List  blog. Nevin had located an Oswald Hewer in an 1895 registry … Continue reading Oswald Hewer Jamison – Born in Cumbria 1895

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

Updates to the Family Tree

Thanks to my second cousin David (I figured out our degree of cousin-ness here on Ancestry.com’s blog ) I’ve updated the family tree with regards to his parents’ names and key dates, and I’m hoping to get some more information on the descendants of William Jamison soon. On my grandfather’s side, I’ve updated some details for my cousins Richard and David, sons of my aunt … Continue reading Updates to the Family Tree

For Cod, and Ulster – Northern Ireland’s Enduring Love of Chip Shops

This isn’t really about the Jamison family history, but it’s about a serious subject nonetheless; the relationship Northern Ireland has with its many chip shops. On mainland Britain, the chip shop now faces some serious competition from the plethora of Asian takeaways, kebab shops, Peri Peri joints and fried chicken shacks, but in Northern Ireland, apart from the eternal Chinese takeaway, chip shops rule supreme, … Continue reading For Cod, and Ulster – Northern Ireland’s Enduring Love of Chip Shops

Jamison Garage on Shore Road Belfast- Updated Picture(s)

I talked about the most recent picture I had of the family garage on the Shore Road, Belfast in a previous post ; the picture from the 1950’s was sourced from the Belfast Forum, an invaluable source of history, pictures and local knowledge for all things Belfast; there’s a particularly great (and very long!) thread about Belfast’s Shore Road: you need to create an account to … Continue reading Jamison Garage on Shore Road Belfast- Updated Picture(s)

Family Research Visit to Belfast June 2016

I’ve written this up quite a while after we actually visited, as family things got in the way, but it was a very useful visit and might be of help if you’re considering researching your own Belfast family history. We took the car and went by ferry, straight into Belfast harbour. We splashed out, staying two nights at the famous Europa Hotel in town, recommended! Apart from … Continue reading Family Research Visit to Belfast June 2016