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« on: Tuesday 30 October 18 10:26 GMT (UK)  »
I have now got a DNA match which would suggest that my Mary Taggart (who married William McDowell) is indeed the child of Andrew Taggart and Sarah Wilson. In order to be totally sure of this it would be great to hear if any other descendants of this family have tested. If anyone has taken a test please feel free to send me a private message and we can compare results.


Antrim / Re: Cameron, Islandmagee
« on: Thursday 04 October 18 16:05 BST (UK)  »
I think your Camerons are not my Camerons.

That is why I mentioned DNA. That's what it does. It finds links to prove links were written records don't exist. Whilst there are no written records to link our Camerons together it is improbable to say they weren't related as there wasn't a massive amount of Camerons in the area.

It is a reasonable assumption that we could  be connected a generation or two further back as it is likely that your William Cameron (who married Ann Jane McAuley) and Samuel Cameron (who married Nancy) had siblings in the area.

Antrim / Re: Cameron, Islandmagee
« on: Monday 10 September 18 17:43 BST (UK)  »
My 3xgreat grandmother was Eliza Cameron who married John Close and lived at Ballycarry (Lockstown) before moving to Belfast where she died. She was born about 1820-1825 and is likely to be a sister of either the William Cameron (who married Ann Jane McAuley) or Samuel Cameron (who married Nancy) who are mentioned in this thread.

Have any of the contributors to this series of posts taken a DNA test yet? I have almost 20 members of my extended Close family tested and on the Family Tree DNA database. A match between anyone descended from this Cameron family and any of us would prove the link. I have already successfully identified links even further back on the Close side.

DNA will hopefully be able to help us extend the Cameron family further than paper records allow (with absolute certainty)!

Antrim / Re: Thomas McAllister/ Ann Donegan Lisburn
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 01:29 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the replies but not the same family unfortunately. Hopefully something will turn up.

Tyrone / Hamiltons of Gortanigan
« on: Monday 02 October 17 14:17 BST (UK)  »
My 2xgreat grandparents were Thomas Norris and Margaret Hamilton who married 9 Feb 1846. I have come to a brickwall with both of them unfortunately.

I know that Margaret's father was John Hamiton and that she was living at Gortanigan (Cappagh) at time of marriage. I can find her father John on tithe applotments in 1827. Out of Margaret's 7 children only 2 had children who lived to adulthood. Of those only one (my great grandmother) had any descendants.

I am reasonably happy that I have located a brother for Margaret in Alexander Hamilton who married Jane Brown in Mountjoy Church in 1855. Alexander was also living at Gortanigan and had a father John. Alexander and Jane had at least one child (John in 1857) and after that I can find no trace of them which is frustrating.

So I'm looking for something on Alexander & Jane or some evidence of other siblings for Margaret or something to help me locate my correct Hamilton family.

Thanks for reading!

Lanarkshire / Re: McDowell & Stephen families of Coatbridge and Partick
« on: Monday 14 November 16 23:57 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks! The witness must have been Euphemia McDowell, his sister. It was her that he named his daughter after.

Lanarkshire / Re: McDowell & Stephen families of Coatbridge and Partick
« on: Sunday 13 November 16 22:31 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for that! Sorry, I didn't explain myself right. I have traced the McDowell line back to Robert's grandparents in County Antrim where the line stops with his grandfather James's birth about 1792. And yes, the death in 1896 verifies the connection.

I am trying to prove that James McDowell, born about 1792, was the brother of my 3xgreat grandfather William McDowell and by tracing the Coatbridge family down to the present day I hope to find relatives to DNA test and prove the connection. This method has already worked successfully for another brother in the family who was born in 1797 - I have Y-DNA and autosomal DNA conclusive proof. I have tested 5 members of my family (descended from William) and 2 descended through the other brother so if a descendant of James also matches some (or all) of us it proves the connection.

Lanarkshire / McDowell & Stephen families of Coatbridge and Partick
« on: Sunday 13 November 16 12:13 GMT (UK)  »
I have been doing some research on the McDowell family of County Antrim and found a Robert McDowell (wife Agnes Rainey/Rennie) who moved to Coatbridge, Old Monkland about 1880. Roibert died 29 April 1896.

Their eldest daughter Mary (born in County Antrim) married George Stephen in 1893, a police segeant, and moved to Partick where they had at least 4 children - George, Robert McDowell, Alexander (who married Catherine Bryson Thomson in 1921) and Agnes.

Other children born in Old Monkland were Agnes (17 July 1881), Robert (16 Feb 1873), Euphemia (1876), Jane (1879) and James (1889).

I am trying to trace the offspring of this family as so as to prove a link between them and their County Antrim relatives. Do the names above sound familiar to anyone?

Antrim / Re: Have you any Melville ancestors?
« on: Monday 26 September 16 18:30 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Heather,

I will send you a private message with my email address.

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