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  1. I would say it was someone who worked in a...

    I would say it was someone who worked in a chemical factory. Taking into account the other occupations John had in the censuses which were mostly labouring work, it probably involved similar tasks...
  2. There’s nowhere in Ireland called Aintree. I...

    There’s nowhere in Ireland called Aintree. I suspect that’s a mis-spelling of Antrim.

    To me, the age of the oldest child John in the 1851 census (aged 5 born in Ireland) points to the couple...
  3. The 1901 marriage certificate gives Mary Somers...

    The 1901 marriage certificate gives Mary Somers address as Garrydaniel. There’s just one Mary Somers in that townland in the 1901 census, a widow aged 50. I’d guess she’s related (she appears to be...
  4. You haven’t said exactly when the passport was...

    You haven’t said exactly when the passport was issued, or whether it was a British passport, but since it was for your gt grandfather, I am assuming something like the 1920s. I worked in that area of...
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    Yes, I dealt with a lot of change management,...

    Yes, I dealt with a lot of change management, both operationally and in training in my career. I agree completely with Peter Nicholl. How these recent changes have been managed would be perfect...
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    You can view the marriage certificate on the...

    You can view the marriage certificate on the Scotlandspeople site for 6 credits (around £1.50). The marriage was registered in St Mary’s & St Peter parish, Dundee in 1919 as you have said. GROS ref:...
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    In general a baptism is/was supposed to take...

    In general a baptism is/was supposed to take place in front of the congregation so that the event could be seen publicly. However there were cases, often involving a child that was very ill, where it...
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    That's unlikely if he was Catholic. Normal...

    That's unlikely if he was Catholic. Normal practice with Catholic baptisms was/is to baptise the child as soon as possible, normally within a day or two of the birth. It was feared that an unbaptised...
  9. Harkin(s) is a common surname in Cos. Donegal,...

    Harkin(s) is a common surname in Cos. Donegal, Derry & Tyrone and many people from that area went to work in Scotland in the 1800s. In fact they still do. McLaughlin (and variant spellings) is also a...
  10. You haven’t said what denomination the family...

    You haven’t said what denomination the family was. Ballymather is in Killead parish. There are 2 Church of Ireland churches for the parish (Gartree & Killead). Gartree has no records before 1899 and...
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    With a death registration a lot of the...

    With a death registration a lot of the information is taken on trust. The Registrar doesn’t make exhaustive enquiries to verify every aspect. Today they like it if you can produce the deceased’s...
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    Deb, The 1861 marriage certificate tells you...

    Deb,

    The 1861 marriage certificate tells you that Thomas Murphy was living in Islandmore townland (Ballywillin). He was a labourer, as was his father. His bride was also from Islandmore and her...
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    Suzanne, Not sure what further advice to offer...

    Suzanne,

    Not sure what further advice to offer regarding records. The problem is that there aren’t any. A good read is Godfrey Watson’s book “The Border Reivers” (pub 1974).

    In that you will...
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    Suzanne, Looking at the Muster Rolls (c 1630)...

    Suzanne,

    Looking at the Muster Rolls (c 1630) there was one Story listed in Co. Cavan at that time - George on Sir F. Hammelton’s estate. He lived somewhere in the Barony of Tullyhunco. George...
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    In my experience, gravestones were often put up...

    In my experience, gravestones were often put up some years after the burial and I have seen many mistakes over ages and other information on them. You get mistakes on death certificates too and it’s...
  16. I see a marriage for a Thomas John Conkey to...

    I see a marriage for a Thomas John Conkey to Margaret McLaughlin in Kilkeel on 12.2.1914. I suspect that might be your Thomas’s parents:
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  17. Eakin(s)/Aiken(s) and variants are common...

    Eakin(s)/Aiken(s) and variants are common surnames in what is now Northern Ireland. Mostly descendants of Scots who settled there in the 1600s. However 1832 is long before the start of birth...
  18. In my experience in the UK and Ireland, not every...

    In my experience in the UK and Ireland, not every family has a huge interest in their ancestry and often when someone dies there’s a fairly ruthless clear out of their old photographs and personal...
  19. Likely birth for Lydia: Lydia Annie Stevens...

    Likely birth for Lydia:

    Lydia Annie Stevens 14.3.1880 at 34 William St, Newry. Father John Arthur Stevens, mariner, and mother Marianne Ellis:
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  20. I think this is probably Rose Feeney’s death on...

    I think this is probably Rose Feeney’s death on 15.6.1901 aged 96 at Stonepark, Dromahaire. (The age was just the informant’s best guess and for someone of that age, could be out by 10 years). The...
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    I looked for a River Row in Glenarm but don't see...

    I looked for a River Row in Glenarm but don't see one of those in that area today either. Re the 1911 census, part of Belfast is in Co Down so there's a couple more Annies there too.
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    Glenarm is about 40 miles north of Belfast. I had...

    Glenarm is about 40 miles north of Belfast. I had a look at the 1911 Irish census for Deerpark, Glenarm. The road name River Road didn’t exist in 1911 (street names and house numbers arrived after...
  23. The issue was perhaps more to do with the fact...

    The issue was perhaps more to do with the fact that your parents weren’t married, rather than that the father’s name wasn’t on the birth certificate. It was the same in the UK until 1983. You could...
  24. Janey, Blaris is the parish around the modern...

    Janey,

    Blaris is the parish around the modern city of Lisburn. The main Presbyterian church there, certainly pre 1850, is 1st Lisburn. Their records start in 1688. So might be worth searching...
  25. Janey, You haven’t answered the all important...

    Janey,

    You haven’t answered the all important question Lesley asked about the family’s denomination. Do you know what they were? It’s really important because you are looking for records before...
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