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

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

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

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 posted on Youtube: Of particular interest to me and my … Continue reading Shore Road Belfast – 1966 Video

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)

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 even better when it’s through this blog! A couple of … Continue reading Welcome to long-lost relatives; Richard, David and Aunt Phyllis

Updating the Family Tree – Farewell Aunt Nita

It is with great sadness that I pass on news of the loss of my aunt Nita May Jamison, wife of my uncle Kenneth (Ken) Jamison. Nita was born on the 03/05/1946  and passed away on the 28/01/2017. I didn’t know my aunt Anita very well but when we did meet up later in life I discovered a charming, elegant and warm lady who will … Continue reading Updating the Family Tree – Farewell Aunt Nita

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

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 chart, and I hope we gave some to Jennifer in … Continue reading Filling in some gaps – new information on the descendants of William McDowell Jamison