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Northern Ireland information for William Calderwood and Hadassa Mckee
« on: Wednesday 04 May 16 01:35 BST (UK) »
Hello, I am new to RootsChat and looking into my family heritage. 

I live in Canada and I am celebrating my 50th birthday this year.  I have decided to travel to Northern Ireland this fall where my grandparents were born and married.  Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of resources to research my family history as my grandmother (Hadassa) passed away before I was born and my grandfather (William) passed away when I was 6 years old.  Their son, my father (Frank) is also deceased.  Thanks to this website I believe I will be able to see the church my grandparents were married in (Macosquin Presbyterian Church) and I have my grandfathers war recruit document that says his address was Lislagan Ballymoney County Antrim, I believe that is the street he must have grown up on... but I was wondering if anyone could pass any other information that might be beneficial to me. 

Thanks very much!


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Re: Northern Ireland information for William Calderwood and Hadassa Mckee
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 04 May 16 09:00 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat  :) The other topic was mine and you've still quite a few relatives in the area.

Macosquin Presbyterian Church (known locally as Englishtown but not to be confused with Dromore Presbyterian Church down the Coolyvenny Road in Englishtown townland) is still there although there have been recent additions-
http://www.colerainetimes.co.uk/news/coleraine-news/new-era-at-macosquin-church-1-6672506

There are McKees buried in the graveyard across the road from the church but older burials are in Camus burying-ground (Curragh Road along the River Bann).

Thanks to this website I believe I will be able to see the church my grandparents were married in (Macosquin Presbyterian Church) and I have my grandfathers war recruit document that says his address was Lislagan Ballymoney County Antrim, I believe that is the street he must have grown up on

Lislagan is a townland just south of the centre of Ballymoney town-
https://www.townlands.ie/antrim/lislagan/

Let me know what sort of information you are looking for and I'll check my files.
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Re: Northern Ireland information for William Calderwood and Hadassa Mckee
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 May 16 04:06 BST (UK) »
Hello Aghadowey, thanks so much for your reply and the information you have provided :)

To be honest, I am not 100% sure of what type of information I am looking for.  I feel I just want to come to Northern Ireland to see where my roots are from and experience the place where my family came from.  I am happy that I have narrowed down the region on where this is.  I am interested in visiting the graveyards and hopefully finding some graves of past family members, I would like to pay my respects if I can.  Is there a place where I could reference to see where they might be buried.  I believe my great grandparents were James Calderwood/Gracie Mckee and William Mckee/Annie Greer Moon - ??  I found some of this information on another post that you did back in 2011  :).  Also, I did find a census from 1901 (when my grandfather was 10) that said they were residents of a house 2 in Lislagan Upper (Enagh, Antrim).  I looked on Google Maps and I do see a Lislagan road... I understand the house would probably no longer be there but it might be nice just to drive along the road to experience the place where my grandfather grew up.  Could it be possible that it is this road - ??  Once again, thanks very much for all the information that you have provided - I greatly appreciate it.


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Re: Northern Ireland information for William Calderwood and Hadassa Mckee
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 05 May 16 09:16 BST (UK) »
Road names in the countryside here only came in around 1970 so before then everyone's address was their townland. This will be the identifying record in most census, vital records (births, marriages, deaths), church & land records, etc. Sometimes a modern road goes through the townland it is named after and sometimes not. If you go to the link I posted earlier for Lislagan you will be able to see the exact location. Using Google Streetview you might be able to 'drive' along the road and see what it looks like now. It's entirely possible that the house is standing (perhaps remodelled so it doesn't even look old).

The McKees were buried in Camus, as I mentioned earlier, with more recent burials at the church.

Meant to mention that the Moons are buried in the old Agivey burying-ground. Access is off farm land from Glenkeen Road, through fields then over the wall into wild rhubarb, etc. unless the council has made what used to be an annual cut of the undergrowth.

Will look out some information later.
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