Welcome and thanks for visiting.
On this website you will find not only many extracts of Births, Marriages, Deaths etc transcribed from various newspapers but also various news stories, book extracts, church records, records of deceased seamen and the names of over 25,000 Presbyterians who served during the Great War of 1914-1919.
While in the News Extracts section the Birth, Marriage and Death transcriptions may be of the most immediate interest to those researching their family history there is a wealth of information contained in the general "clippings" which include court reports, inquests, subscriptions lists (some of which contain 100s of names) and many other items of general historic and social interest.
I hope that among the many pages of information contained on this site you may find something helpful or enlightening. If you do (and there have been many successes) why not drop me a line or leave a note in the guestbook.
If you have any images of records or transcriptions which you have made yourself and think they may be of use why not send them to me and I may be able to add them.
There are five sections to the site and each can be accessed from the top menu bar. Several sections have submenus on the left giving further information on that section.
Clicking on the logo in the top left will bring you back to this home page.
How it all began
Some time ago I decided to do some research on my family tree. Having almost no information as most of those who could help had passed on it was difficult to find a start.
One of the the most useful sources of information I came across were interment notices which were placed in the local papers.
These notices could contain the names of other family members, references to others and sometimes addresses which helped lead to other information.
When I obtained prints of the notices I was interested in I realised that there were other notices on them which might be of help to others and, having this webspace available, I decided to publish them.
If you find anything of interest or you have some notices of your own which you would like to contribute drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Question - Why?
One of the most useful peices of information I obtained at the start of my search and which helped bridge a gap and make a connection was found at Bob Sanders website wherein he , with a little help, had transcribed the records of Ships in Port form the 1881 census. From this information I was able to obtain a copy of the original census entry.
Without this site and Bob's vision and that of his co-transcribers I may never have found this useful piece of information so when I started this site I expanded it as a way of paying them back by "paying it forward" and in the hope that one day someone else might find that elusive piece of information that will help them.
The site has also been helped with the additional transcriptions which have been added, so my thanks go to Brian Magaoidh who has transcribed the extracts from the Belfast Weekly News including the 'Missing Friends' extracts and Andy Boyd is to be thanked for his transcriptions taken from the Registers of Deceased Seamen.
I would also like to thank the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland who allowed me access to their copies of The Witness and The Banner of Ulster to obtain those extracts.
And my heartfelt thanks to Alex Barber, David Cassells, Bob Cook, Ian Corry, Bill Nesbitt, Lynn Nunn for their support in the earliest days of the site and a special thanks to Mary Lennon and Bob Mitchell.