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)

Desperately Seeking Hilda…

When one of my Jamison cousins reconnected with me recently  I was able to add to my treasure trove of pictures of Jamison aunts and uncles when they were younger. As well as some cracking pictures of his mum, Richard sent me two pictures of my aunt Hilda as a young woman. This was great for two reasons; the only pictures I had of Hilda previously … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Hilda…

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 Carol

I’ve had news from my cousin David in Northern Ireland that we’ve sadly lost another Jamison; Carol Jamison, who is listed in the family tree as marrying Harold (Hewer) Jamison, has sadly died aged 82. I’ve updated the information for her birth and death in the family tree, and hope to receive some more missing names and dates from the side of the family descended from … Continue reading Updating the Family Tree – Farewell Carol

First Marriage of Eliza Jamison nee Purcell – 1924

I haven’t had much to update on here for a while, but I’ve now registered for the NI records office online search facility, and have today located the details of my paternal grandmother’s first marriage, aged 16, to Samuel Murdock of Molloy on the 23rd April 1924. It took place at “Bushmills Presbyterian” church; two such churches are listed so I may need to check … Continue reading First Marriage of Eliza Jamison nee Purcell – 1924

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

Welcome to Jennifer!

“Only connect!” (E.M. Forster) This is a follow-up post to last week’s Filling In Some Gaps post; it’s just to say thank you to Jennifer, who is my great uncle William’s great-granddaughter; it’s beyond me to work out the actual relationship, but I think it’s second cousin removed once or twice! But more importantly than degrees of relationship, it’s been great to meet a fellow … Continue reading Welcome to Jennifer!

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

Jamisons of the Giant’s Causeway – the NALIL Blog

One of the first really good leads I had on my journey to trace back the Jamisons 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 … Continue reading Jamisons of the Giant’s Causeway – the NALIL Blog

Jamison Family Garage, Shore Road, Belfast

Many thanks to the brilliant forum members on the Belfast forum, where this wonderful picture was posted; it shows most of my early family home and adjacent garage, which were situated on Shore Road, North Belfast, alas demolished in the early 1980’s. My paternal grandparents Fred and Eliza Jamison moved their young family here from Lisburn in the 1950s’ and Fred set up business as … Continue reading Jamison Family Garage, Shore Road, Belfast