I became interested in my family history at a young age, probably as a result of the early death of my father, aunt and maternal grandmother, all within a very short time period. It was in the days before the internet and I struggled to find out much about my father's family - in fact it took me about 30 years to find my father's birth certificate because my mother knew very little about my father's family.
So I focused on my mother's family who had originally come 'across the sheugh (pronounced shuck)' from Scotland. The family bible was stored in my wardrobe and I was totally fascinated by the names and dates which it contained. But I was also interested in the tales from far off places, because none of my grandmother's siblings had stayed in Scotland and this has probably influenced my interest in travel. Three had headed off to South Africa, one went to Canada, one ended up in Philadelphia, USA after time in England and Northern Ireland, one died young and my grandmother came to Northern Ireland, following my grandfather who had come to Belfast to work in the shipyards at the time the great ocean liners such as 'Titanic' were being built here.
I delved into and out of my family history research during my working life, first as a town planner, then as an IT Project Manager and lastly as a Policy Implementer for the government. The growth of the internet made a great difference to my research - it enabled me to whittle away brick walls, especially on my father's side, but also to put up others. The use of DNA has also invigorated my research and I am a project administrator for the North of Ireland DNA Project and committee member with the North of Ireland Family History Society, hopefully helping others with their research.
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On 6 May 2019 at 20:42 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:
Look forward to working with you.
On 25 Sep 2018 at 12:54 GMT Jill (Bradshaw) Lindsay wrote:
Re: Ellen Bodles. Bodles-71.
I have sent a request to join Ellen’s trusted list, a personal message and left a comment on Ellen’s profile. Ellen is my husband’s Granny. She is my Mum-in law’s Mum. Ellen’s first daughter is deceased but she still has 3 living children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ellen died in 1971, nearly 47 years ago.
We want to add her direct family members but are unable to do so with the current privacy level. Could you please change this?
Thank you for your time and help.
Kind regards Jill (Ellen’s grandson’s wife).
On 11 Jun 2018 at 18:17 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
I would just like to say how much the work you have done is appreciated. Thank you so much
Just one point about your tag NORTHERN_IRELAND will not really connect you to the wikitree community. the tag is usually IRISH_ROOTS Follow this link to get to your Tags: editing your tags
Please note when researching for family that Northern Ireland did not exist until 1921 when it was created, prior to this it was all Ireland. Explore Irish Roots project
Hope this helps you make the connections you are looking for.
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On 11 May 2018 at 22:30 GMT Anonymous McCormick wrote:
M/1870/Y1/2232/3/25 Mary McMahon McCormick 20th February 1870 Omagh
On 2 Jan 2018 at 04:05 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
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On 31 Dec 2012 at 16:57 GMT Melody Tittle wrote:
You may want to check out the Help area to learn a bit more about WikiTree.
Good luck here and holler if there is anything I can help you with. :)
On 31 Dec 2012 at 12:24 GMT Anne Johnston wrote:
On 31 Dec 2012 at 06:22 GMT Michael Gabbard wrote:
If you'd like to add your own family tree to WikiTree's world tree, Please take a moment to read the Honor Code, and then indicate that you'd like to volunteer.
At that point, one of our greeters would be happy confirm you as a WikiTree Genealogist.