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Name: Adrian Hawes <email@example.com> Date: 2015-02-21 Comments:
I really enjoyed looking at the Carnacavill school photos. My great grandfather on my mum's side lived at 15 Murlough Upper, Maghera in 1911 but I cannot find him in the 1901 census. His name was William Joseph Vallely (1869-1941#. My mum is his granddaughter #Madeleine Carroll) and she recalls living in Maghera from about 1937 to 1942 after which the Carroll family moved to Belfast. William Joseph had a son called William John who was born in 1895. I guess it was William John's son who may have appeared in one of your photos. My great grandfather died at Ballyginny in Maghera in 1941 and my mum and her family were living at his house at the time. Despite extensive searches through the Valuation Books (up to 1930) on the PRONI website I cannot find him anywhere. We are planning a trip to Ireland next year and would love to see where my mum used to live. Do you know of any way that I can establish a firm address for the Vallely/Carroll family from the mid 1930s up to the early 40s? Ancestry and Google searches do not seem to help and my mum's Irish family is limited to a couple of sisters, one living in England and the other in Australia, both of quite advanced years
Just thought I'd give you a try as you obviously know so much about the County Down area
Name: Jaqueline Stock nee Meaney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2014-04-23 Comments:
Hi You come up in a google search and have found my great granddad Simon Meaney in Kilkee (census 1911 refers to the Meaneys at Dough, Kilkee - and they are still there). Recently took my dad back to Kilkee co Clare (he lived there for 4 years before moving to London with his parents) and met relatives there. Thanks for the info. Best wishes, j
Name: cathy kelly <email@example.com> Date: 2013-06-10 Comments:
i am trying to find any information on sarah potts from banbridge co down. her parent are william potts sometimes he called himself poots and mary scott from seapatrick. sarah was born 1864. dont know when she left ireland to go to scotland ayrshire.
Name: dale heenan <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2013-03-07 Comments:
originaly from loughinisland .if a heenan thompson ,kyle or strain ,would like a email.
Name: Pete <email@example.com> Date: 2012-08-04 Comments:
Julie, I have sent you another email in reply to both of your recent posts regarding the Jones branch of our family tree to the email address you have given. Please post a message here if you do not receive it as I think there may be a problem with the address given??
Name: Julie Osborne <Juliebosborne@btinternet.com> Date: 2012-07-29 Comments:
I am the daughter of your maternal uncle George. My dad once took me around the cemetery in Corwen and said that we had family who had lived there. I never knew if this was true.I have several friends who live in Corwen . They both have family who have had triplets. My Mum had triplets in 1960 so they might be related. by looking at the work you have done on the Jones family tree has given me so much info as I don,t know much about the family. I went to see Auntie Jane several years ago. It took my breath away as when she opened the door as it was like looking at my Dad and my eldest son. I emailed you a few months ago asking if the photo of the two children playing on a rocking horse was my dad and your Mum as the little boy is the image of my youngest grandson. just wanted to say thank you as you have filled in so many gaps.
Name: Julieosborne <Juliebosborne@btinternet.com> Date: 2012-03-02 Comments:
Hello my dad and your mum are brother and sister just wondered if they are the little boy and girl on the rocking horse by the wall
Name: Bill McCampbell <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2012-02-23 Comments:
On page 4 of the 1901 Kilmegan Census you have a Sarah Miscampbell and have added the comment that "its my guess this should read Miss Campbell. I think it should be as written. I have "James Miscampbell died, June 29, 1881, at Ballywillwill, County Down. He was a farmer. Letters of adminiswtration were granted July 2, 1883 to Martha Miscampbell the Widow and a Legatee. Letters for James later were granted October 15, 1900 to Sarah Miscampbell, spinster. Martha Miscampbell (probably Martha Cowley) a widow, died May 30, 1900 at Ballywillwill, County Down. Letters were granted March 6, 1901 to Sarah Miscampbell, spinster. Saragh Miscampbell was in the 1901 census of Ireland, born in County Down, unmarried, farmer, Church of Ireland. She also was in the 1911 census of Ireland, aged 51, farmer, Church of Ireland, born in County Down."
This is among my Miscampbell information, but I have not been able to find his parents. I also have "James Miscampbell of Ballywillwill leased Kilmegan house and 4 acres in 1863 from Rev. George H. McDowell Johnston. He also was listed in Griffiths Valuation (1863) in this property. He married Martha Cowley."
I will appreciate any information about the Miscampbell family.
Name: suzanne burgess <email@example.com> Date: 2011-10-09 Comments:
looking for keenan family they had property in Clonallan ,just maybe you have their name in your research
Name: Joe Lennon <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2011-10-05 Comments:
Love the site heaps of interestin info. Keep up the good work
Name: PETER <email@example.com> Date: 2011-04-17 Comments:
Any help you can give me on Sloane families of Kilbroney?
My great grandfather Francis left Kilbroney with a brother Bernard around 1830's
Name: jacqui <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2011-03-13 Comments:
I have a family History of Meaney's on my mums side and would like to know if any of them would by chance be in your family tree.
Name: penny green <email@example.com> Date: 2011-03-04 Comments:
Hi to all Meaney cousins.
The link we are conected to is with Margaret Meaney, who married a John Brade Blackburn about 1843 in St John's Newfoundland, they had 6 children all born in St John's Newfoundland from 1844-1854. Margaret died according to Ref "Maritime History Group, Title: Names in Newpapers part iv deaths 1856-1860 :-
Blackbourne, Margaret, wife of John Blackbourne aged 44 Dec 31, 1857 NP" in the Newfoundland and Patriot.
Also additional Ref that in Parish Records Collection Panl Basilica- St John's Roman Catholics Baptism P8/a/15-Box 4
(1852-1854)page 172 "Feb 1st,1852 Jane of Jno Blackburn & Margt Meany."
Baptism Book 1849-1851 page 30A "Aug 27th William of John Blackburn & Margaret Meaney."
All the family had left newfoundland my 1870 Four of the children moved to Boston City, Suffolk, Massachusetts the two daughter went to England.
Move detail information on John Brade Blackburn family tree on Ancestry.co.uk Public tree.
Excellent web page, best regards
Name: MARY MCDONALD <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2010-12-31 Comments:
HAV EBEEN RESEARCHING FAMILY FOR SOME TIME - HEENAN & BRANIFF - Kilcoo and Cloughey area
Name: Ron Meaney <email@example.com> Date: 2010-11-10 Comments:
My family settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My great-great grandfather was a riverboat captin on the Mississippi.
Name: kevin murphy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2010-08-26 Comments:
hi peter my grt grt grand father john murphy was born in kilbroney on the 23,9,1827 iv been trying to find his family
but hit a brick wall john marred jane taggartat randalstown in
co.antrim in reg office on the 27,4,1849 but i cant even find
were he is baried and i cant get birth or death cert.could you help me in any way thanks.kevin john's mum and dad were james murphy born 7,5,1809 kilbroney,and mary cooke
Name: Stanley Oliver Nesbitt <email@example.com> Date: 2010-01-10 Comments:
Thank you for your noteworthy efforts to contribute to genealogy. I have found your 1901 Census list very useful and I can remember several of the persons listed. Looking at your list of Co Down strays suggested to me that if photographs were available it may add some additional interest. Many of these strays sent postcard photographs home and I have a few to contribute.
If you are interested I can forward some with names etc.
Name: Gerard Burns <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-12-30 Comments:
I am currently tracing both my father's family - he was from Castlewellan and my mother's family. She is living in Newcastle but her family (O'Hare) are from Legananny Leitrim.
Thanks for the help.
Name: Kathy Farnon <Farnonk@Yahoo.com> Date: 2009-11-13 Comments:
Nice site, my family is from County Down, I'm looking for Mary Anne Farnon McAlindon, born 1866 in Ballygorian beg., and married James McAindon in 1888, had three son Patrick, John, and James. I like to find the living family members of Mary Anne, she is my Great Aunt.
Name: Peter Blackbourn <email@example.com> Date: 2009-10-14 Comments:
What a wonderful thing you have done listing certain parishes in the 1901 census. I know the National Archives are in the process of doing so but I am so glad that you have given me the oportunity to gain the information sooner.
Name: Peter Blackbourn <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-10-11 Comments:
Thank you so much for the 1901 Burren census. I found my wifes family, John & Mary Barr which helped complete that family. I'll keep my eyes open for the Clintnagooland census. Thanks again
Name: DAVINA FRENCH <email@example.com> Date: 2009-10-01 Comments:
MY GRANDFATHER WAS ABRAHAM MEANEY,HE IS LISTED ON YOUR SCOTTISH CENCUS PAGE 1901.I AM DOING MY FAMILY TREE BUT CAN'T GET THE IRISH CONECTIONS.HAVE YOU ANY ADVISE PLEASE.MY GT.GRANDPARENTS WERE JOHN MEANEY AND MARY BURCHILL.I HAVE PHOTO'S OF MY GRANDADS BROTHERS IN FOOTBALL TEAM.THEY PLAYED FOR HIBS,LEITH ATHLETIC AND FALKIRK.GOT SOME INFORMATION BACK ON THERE CAREERS.IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO E.MAIL TO YOU,PLEASE SEND YOUR E.MAIL ADDRESS.
Name: karen cooney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-09-29 Comments:
Sorry, my correct email address is email@example.com
Hope to hear from you soon.
Name: Karen Cooney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-09-29 Comments:
I see that you have a photo of a John Cooney on your website. Are you able to let me know how you came across it or whether you have any further information relating to John?
Name: Glenn Meaney <email@example.com > Date: 2009-09-10 Comments:
Other Contact email is Work: firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe that a person you have listed under Meaneys in uniform is my grandfather
Annie Meaney (Mother), Moorabbin
I'm interested to find out more about the Meaney family tree as alot of my relatives history is unknown to me
Name: Frederick Bassett <email@example.com> Date: 2009-08-27 Comments:
I enjoyed the pictures of the Carnacaville old school, it brought back memories of my time there.
I was a pupil there from 1954 until 1960 when we moved to Rathfriland
Name: Rosemary <McCormack> Date: 2009-08-16 Comments:
Peter, Thanks for the 1901 census of Dromara. Can't wait for the census for Mulloughdrin. It must be next on your list. I am researching Gray and Truesdale in that Parish.
Best wishes, Rosemary
Name: Mary Mackenzie <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-08-10 Comments:
Great job. This is very interesting,
Thank you and good luck with this, Mary MacKenzie
Name: Helen Black <email@example.com> Date: 2009-08-02 Comments:
What a gold mine of information!!
Wonderful! I will be using this site again soon.
I am tracing Buckley and Adams families in the Bryansford and Drumee areas.
Thank you so much.
Name: janet cottrell <jcottrell@iinet .net.au> Date: 2009-08-01 Comments:
I am researching Connors ,McMullans and Lavertys from Dunturk and Drumnaqouile.
Hope you do not mind but i put a mention of your site in my Genealogy Blog and it looks like a few people have been looking at your site.
Best Regards Janet
Name: ollie <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-05-20 Comments:
looking for great grand parent back round came from Bandbridge Name Rooney Bernard Wife Mary Son Brenard, John Joseph, james Annie they went to live in Belfast where can i find out any thing abourt them 1911 cenus mary 38 and Bernard 45
Name: Peter J Meaney <email@example.com> Date: 2009-05-16 Comments:
I emailed a few weeks ago in response to the message you left in my guestbook suggesting that we may be related?
Not sure if you received my reply but I'm excited to know if we have any meaney's in commom?
Please do get in touch again.
Name: Cathy Macdonald nee Meaney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-04-29 Comments:
Sounds like we are relatives.. get in touch with me please
Name: Nuala McLernon <email@example.com> Date: 2009-04-08 Comments:
I was just looking through the internet to see if there were any old photographs of Carnacaville where I went to school and I found yours. My father James McLernon (deceased 6/4/6) (they always called him Master Mclarnon) was headmaster there for years. (They never spelt his name right! It was lovely seeing that old photo with Ms O'Neill. Brought back memories
Name: julie meaney-wales <JULIEMEANEYWALES@HOTMAIL.CO.UK> Date: 2009-03-27 Comments:
visited site i am researching my family history
james michael (my dad) 1936-1999
michael (my grandad) 1902-1983
james (my great grandad)1865-1912 this is where i get stuck just trying different web sites to investigate this site is full of information thanks julie
Name: Peter j meaney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2009-03-26 Comments:
wrong guestbook link test
Name: Denise Marr <email@example.com> Date: 2009-01-04 Comments:
WOW keep up the good work I enjoyed reading through you many outlets for Co Down. I have Taylor Families in the Hilltown,Rathfriland and the parish of Drumgarth. Also Moor/Moore,Boyd,Strain and Mc Caffrey.
Name: Peter Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-03-30 Comments:
Congrats on a fine site. I've benn seeking my Grandmother Rosina (Rose)McShane, lived and buried in Loughinisland(abt 1952). Married to David McGuiness, Derry City. My mother Carmel, born 1922-23, her sister Rosaleen born 1919, married John Dibattista and moved to USA 1952. A brother Reginald was born between times in Belfast but died at about 20 yrs.
Name: David McGuinness <email@example.com> Date: 2008-03-28 Comments:
Hello, I read with interest the section on your County Down strays in Cumbria (1891). Compiled by a Peter McGuinness. I suspect one of the ladies a Mary McGuinness is an ancestor of mine. Just out of interest does your friend Peter McGuinness have any links to West Cumbria?
A bizarre ramble but hopefully you will bear with me.
All the best
Name: Pawi <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-03-18 Comments:
Peter, your census stuff from County Down i amazing. Many thanks for all your hard work.
Name: Paulette Kossiedowski <email@example.com> Date: 2008-03-13 Comments:
great site lots of interesting reading. will return
Name: Deirdre McEvoy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-03-13 Comments:
As promised, I am listing below information I have on the following family names (taken from the Roman Catholic parish records of :
UPPER DRUMGOOLAND (1827 - 1880 baptisms, marriages and burials)
LOWER DRUMGOOLAND (1832 - 1880)
King (baptisms only)
McAlernon/McAlerney (Gargory townland only)
KILCOO PARISH (1832 - 1880 baptisms only)
BRYANSFORD PARISH (1845 - 1880 baptisms, marriages)
KILBRONEY PARISH (1808 - 1880 baptisms, marriages and burials)
CLONALLON PARISH (1826 - 1869 baptisms) (1826 - 1880 marriages)
Hillan / Hillen (incomplete)
If anybody would like me to check these databases for their ancestors, you can email me at email@example.com - PLEASE put "Kilbroney / Clonallon Look up' plus the family surname you are looking for in the subject line, otherwise I may not open the email.
Name: Alex <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-03-07 Comments:
Peter thank you for all the help I have gleaned from your site and look forward to more of your up dates
Name: Mary Hirsch <email@example.com> Date: 2008-03-04 Comments:
My mother's family are Walshes from Castlewellan & Bryansford Co.Down. It's been very difficult to find lineage that fits in with bits that we have. This site might be VERY helpful. Thanks!
Name: Deirdre McEvoy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-03-03 Comments:
Many congratulations on your website, it is a wonderful source for people researching their ancestors in Co. Down. I would just like to confirm that the names of people in line 11 (Levallyreagh, Kilbroney parish, 1901 census) are Thomas and Alice McClafferty - they were ancestors of mine.
Name: B. Marmion <email@example.com> Date: 2008-03-01 Comments:
Peter, Thanks so very much for your contributions to preserve Down History for us all.
I am very happy to have found the Marmions on the Census. While these are not our direct line, they are Marmion Cousins, and it has answered some interesting questions for us all.
Name: bob Ryan <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-02-25 Comments:
I looking for Fearons from the Savil Bog area. Hoping to find some info here. They all came to Rhode Island in the 1840's early 50's. In my research their name was spelled msny ways. Faron, Ferrin, Farron & a couple more. Some cousins were in Poughkeepsie, N Y. A Mary/Ellen Faron married a Philip Hughes there about 1869/70. One of the daughters Married a Peter McDonald. There was a Rosey also.
Thank you for all the time you put in taking very good care of all who research.
Name: Margaret McLaughlin <email@example.com> Date: 2008-02-20 Comments:
Thanks for sharing. My Mother was from Drumsesk, Rostrevor and Dad was from Greenan (Grinan) Newry.
Name: Margaret McLaughlin <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-02-20 Comments:
Thanks for sharing.
Name: Shirley Taylor <email@example.com> Date: 2008-02-20 Comments:
Enjoying your website, alot of wonderful information. My mother's family name is Boyce and they are from Drumreagh. Looking forward to the rest of the updates.
Name: Brian Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-02-15 Comments:
I very much enjoyed browsing your website. I may even have learned a few things! I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching Cunningham in Kilcoo. All the best...
Name: John Orr <email@example.com> Date: 2008-02-08 Comments:
Great website. The work you have put into the census is unbelievable. Was Meaney's pier at Kilkeel harbour named after your family by any chance?
Name: Brian Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-02-04 Comments:
I have really enjoyed browsing yiour web site. I was able to glean a few bits of information, too. My Cunningham ancestors are from Co Down (Kilcoo) - I have some Devlins and O'Hares, too. All the best to you in your searches!
Name: Marilyn Wilson (nee Bingham) <email@example.com> Date: 2008-02-03 Comments:
Judging by the "latest updates" you have been working hard, while most of us have been enjoying the festive season. THANK YOU, Peter.
Wondering if anyone could help me find out more about a mill in the Aughnahoory, Kilkeel area. My Bingham family lived on farmland,near Hannah's Close & worked in this mill,which is still standing. Was it a flax mill? Who owned it? Any info, please.
Marilyn Wilson (nee Bingham)
Name: fiona <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-01-29 Comments:
I found your site very helpful.
Name: geraldine charleton <email@example.com> Date: 2008-01-20 Comments:
Thanks, able to pick up data on Byrnes (Burns) Dromena,still looking for upper drumgooland records re the Charleton family A very impressive web site, well done
Name: Betty Sloan <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-01-16 Comments:
My late husband was from Ballymageough near Kilkeel. He joined the RAF 1953 and we ended up living in Grimsby, Lincolnshire when he retired. Sadly he passed away last July aged 72 yrs.
Name: KEVIN <email@example.com> Date: 2008-01-12 Comments:
Hello, Most useful site, has helped a lot. my family are Kenmuirs ,Thompsons, Wightman and Kearns. If you have any other info on these families then please dont hesitate to let me know. Cheers Kevin.
Name: Francis Rogers <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2008-01-10 Comments:
An excellent site. Very informative. My parent's are from Kilcoo Co. Down Father born in Dromena, Mother ( a Magee ) in Letalien. My grand mother Eileen Magee (nee McCrickard born in 1890 ) had a shop in Moyad.I found a lot of great info on your site, unfortunatly your link to the 1901 Moyad , Kilcoo census was not accessible.In spite of that I got a huge amount of information about my family. Thank you for a job well done.
Name: Frank McKenna <email@example.com> Date: 2008-01-03 Comments:
I am a distant relation of Brenda Anderson - Canada. Our common ancestors are fronm the Cunningham family Kilkeel Co Down. I am attempting (1st steps) to trace by Grandmothers family - Annie Morgan b1900 - no sign on the Kilkeel census. My grandfather was Nicholas Nelson - again no sign on the 1901. Well done on your work.
Name: Judy McKeon <Juditoh@aol.com> Date: 2007-12-29 Comments:
I would be happy to work on the 1901 Census for Kilbroney parish if it is something I can do from home. Let me know if this would be possible and also what format you use to upload your entries. My father was from Kilbroney Parish, Ballyagholy townland. He was born in 1906 and was the son of Peter O'Hare and Lizzie Shields. Peter emigrated to Montana and Lizzie stayed on Ballyagholy until the early 1960's. I visited her for three months one memorable summer in 1947 or 1948. Judy McKeon.
Name: Marilyn Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2007-12-09 Comments:
Think there may be an error on the 1911 Aughnahoory Census. William, Mary, & sons William & Thomas James surname should be Bingham. Son, William is my Grandfather. I have mailed you before thanking you for all the wonderful work you're doing. Again, many, many thanks!!
Name: paddy rooney <email@example.com> Date: 2007-12-06 Comments:
checked out your co down stuff , i think one off my grandfarthers on your list. recognise a lot of names. have been living in philly for 24 years, great site
Name: C Testar <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2007-12-03 Comments:
Thank you SO much for your wonderful work in transcribing the 1901 Down census. I've been able to sort out so many family relationships through consulting it. Hopefully you'll get to Upper Moneydarraghmore, too. That would be wonderful!
Name: Keith Hanna <email@example.com> Date: 2007-11-27 Comments:
Thanks for transposing the 1901 and 1911 Kilkeel Censuses. They have saved me some effort.
Name: Alex Farquhar <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2007-11-24 Comments:
We have spoken (via email of course ) in the past and all I can say Peter is thanks for your help and hopefully I will be calling upon you again in the future, thank you and keep up the good work
Name: Raymond Kelly <email@example.com> Date: 2007-11-21 Comments:
One of the best websites i have seen, i found information about some of my ancestors, keep up the good work Peter
Name: Maureen Macfarlane nee O'Hara <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2007-11-14 Comments:
Thank you so much for this site after many years of searching i have found my grandmother i had so little to go on but there she was 1901 census Drumee Ellen Rice 12 years old
thank you again
Name: Angus G. Macnab <email@example.com> Date: 2007-10-13 Comments:
My Wife is a Meaney. Her father, William, was born in Co. Down. Have been following your most informative website for some time.
Keep up the good work.
Name: Fiona <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 2007-10-10 Comments:
I can believe the fantastic progress that you have made in the short time since starting this site. The census transcriptions that you are working through with Sheila and Brenda are such a wonderful resource. Well done Pete!