One of the first really good leads I had on my journey to trace back the Jamisons, when faced with a dearth of real information, was a fabulous post by Nevin Taggart in his blog NALIL (North Antrim Local Interest List), a local history, culture and genealogy site with a wealth of fantastic info. The post is here: Jamisons of the Giant’s Causeway.
NALIL is a great place to start your own search for all things North Antrim, or just for a great read!
Many thanks to Nevin
Many thanks to the Belfast forum, where this wonderful picture was posted; it shows most of the family home and garage, which were situated on Shore Road, North Belfast, alas demolished in the 1980’s. Fred and Eliza Jamison moved their young family here from Lisburn in the 1950s’ and Fred set up business as Loughside garage, living in the adjacent house. Apart from the trams, this is how I remember the house and garage when I lived there during the early 1970’s.
This is a wonderful picture and really helped me re-establish details which had become a bit hazy. If you own the copyright to this picture of if you have any more of it, please do let me know!
Having created a WordPress blog for my writing (please check it out! Margaret McGoverne), and been very impressed with the features available, I’ve decided to move the family tree website (jamisonsonline.co.uk) to WordPress; I was having difficulty updating the site to be compatible with Safari etc, and this way I can concentrate on content instead of html and coding!
I’m in the process of moving the content from the old site and from the Blogger blog, so expect to see lots of stuff drop in here in the coming weeks.
Here’s hoping that 2012 is a better year for some of my Jamison family than 2011 was.
2012 is also going to be the year I finally start to get down on paper (or on a Word document) some of the tales, anecdotes and memories of my immediate family, my life in Belfast, and the family history that I have stored up from several sources. There will be a book, and hopefully several, as one book alone couldn’t capture all the events and characters even of the last couple of generations!
Attached is a beautiful chalk rendering of the only picture we have of our paternal grandmother Eliza, by my very talented artist cousin Barb.
Thank you Barb!
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 with cream walls and dark brown windows and door).
It’s great to have these details, which I will now check with Uncle Harold, and possibly Uncle Donald,who hopefully can verify them.
I’m pleased to report that we now have cousin Debbie and her children’s full names and dates of birth on the descendant’s chart, as well as Darren’s full details; see them here – with many thanks to Debbie!
Updated Descendant’s Chart:
Just a quick note to say that I have updated the descendant list chart with Uncle Ken’s details, and the names of his grandchildren from his son Darren and his daughter Debbie.
Pictures of Uncle Ken hopefully to follow shortly.
See the updated descendant list here: Pedegree chart (PDF file)
It is with great sadness that I pass on news of the loss of another Jamison – my uncle Kenneth (Ken), born 5/10/1941 in Annahilt, County Down, died 29/12/2010 in Mill Hill, London.
Ken was my father’s brother, and although we didn’t have too much contact with him, it is with a great sense of loss that we mark his passing.
I attended his funeral together with the family of my father’s other brother, my Uncle Harold. It was sad to think that Harold may be the last Jamison of his generation left now, as we have lost touch with the last two of his sisters.
Ken “the Crack” (for his great sense of humour and his tall, funny tales) Jamison.
5/10/1941 – 29/12/2010.
From: 22nd September 2009
The home and gallery pages have been updated with a beautiful picture of my paternal gradmother, Eliza McCurdy Purcell – we had no pictures of our grandmother at all, so this is a wonderful addition.
Many thanks to Colin and Irene for providing a copy, and lots of fantastic and new family history, including a wonderful picture of my great grandmother, Jane Purcell. Thank you so much for introducing us to newly discovered relatives.