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 …

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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 …

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

This isn't really about the Jamison family history, but it's about a serious subject nonetheless; the relationship between NI and its 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 …

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Shore Road Belfast – 1966 Video

In my last post I shared some pictures of the Jamison garage and houses at 265-269 Shore Road, Belfast, that stood until their demolition in the 1980s; on the site now stands a printing shop. The pictures were screen grabs from a  video of Belfast in 1966, which Jimmy, a member of the Belfast forum, has …

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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 …

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Welcome to long-lost relatives; Richard, David and Aunt Phyllis

My father, (Frederick) Ian Jamison, had seven full siblings and two half-sisters from his mother's first marriage, not an unusual family size for that generation of Irish families. Over the years and the distances between the surviving siblings, their children, and grandchildren, some of us have lost touch.  It's always wonderful when we reconnect, and …

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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 …

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Filling in some gaps – new information on the descendants of William McDowell Jamison

I had some very exciting news yesterday courtesy of Nevin over at NALIL; Nevin put me and my cousin Barbara in touch with Jennifer, who is a great, great grand-daughter of William McDowell Jamison, the earliest Jamison I've managed to trace in our family tree. Jennifer and Nevin have provided loads of information for my descendent …

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Updated Details for Eliza Jamison; Dates and Last Place of Abode

I've received a copy of Eliza's death certificate today, and not only does it confirm her age at the time of her death (54), and the date (4/12/1962), there is also a bonus of her last registered address: Hillview Avenue, Newtonabbey, Belfast BT36. Below is a googlemap of the street (I think it's the house …

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