Thanks for posting all of the Agnew postcards. Mary Jane Haveron married John Agnew. They lived on Island Magee. The postcards are mostly back and forth between their children. Mary Jane was my dads great-aunt. Her sister Martha Haveron (Kerr) was my dads maternal grandmother. She died at 28 and her children were sent to Canada. It is very special to me that I can read these postcards. Thank you, Janice, BC Canada
Thank you for this site. My great grandfather, Abraham Bell, blacksmith, is listed as living in Moria, in 1867. My grandmother, Sarah Susan Bell, was born in 1879, listed in the district of Knocknadona.. Her birth certificate listed my great grandfather, Blacksmith as his trade. Helen
I'm reaching my grandmother's family (she is still alive at 95!), the McDaniels, and I came across their lost bible! William and Elizabeth McDaniel were her great-grandparents. Her mother's name, Laura, is even in the family register. I'd love to hear more about where you found the bible and its contents. Thank you for your work!
Hi - first of all this is fascinating and well done. Also my father - William G Hales who proudly served in the Regiment during the war and my brother sent his medals etc to you. I am the daughter he was referring to when he wrote the piece about rewriting the drill book for the gun in his letter to the Rotunda Museum in Woolwich - am an ex QA. However please could you tell me the medals he was awarded? I asked Robin who sent them to you but he was unable to answer would you please be able to do this as I wish to get some minatures made as I am a member of the RBL and would love to honour my father my wearing replica medal when parading . Thank you Denise McCoy nee Hales
Thank you so much for putting together such a fabulous resource. I am so grateful for the information you have made freely available. This is proving to be invaluable as I try to trace my family history. Many thanks Marian
Hi - this is very interesting. The entry on https://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/LostFamilyBibleInscriptions2.htm for "Emma Browne, with Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Dugan" is referring to my family. I would love if you could get in touch so I could find out more about this. Thanks, very interesting! Trevor Hi Trevor, Very happy you found the entry 🙂 I checked the folder and sadly that is all the information I have, I no longer have any of the items on the site, they are scanned and go back to the collector, when I posted the update on the Facebook page nobody claimed the name, sometimes relatives pop up but not this time, keep an eye on the page or in the Lennonwylie group in case of updates, Mary 🙂
I have a photo of Caroline Connelly who you have the medal displayed for after her 21 years faithful service with the Company .. Miss Connelly worked in Belfast High Street Store 59 ... let me know if you would like a copy and I can forward the photo on to you
Brilliant site, so useful. Very interested in the lost album from the Stuart family of Ballyhivistock. Amy Stuart was my great grandmother, and her son George Stuart my grandfather. Would love to know if it might be possible to see this album and to make connections with any others also interested in it.
Great site just found my grandmother’s home listed at 53 Chatham Street in 1877. Her name was Mary Murphy her father was listed at the address, James Murphy a Flax Dresser I assume in the linen industry. They moved to Scotland between then and 1890. Mary married my Grandfather William Monaghan in Johnstone, Renfrew. My Great Grandfather, John Monaghan, was from Omagh, Tyrone born c. 1846. Cannot find any records on his parents. Again thanks for the information on your site very useful and informative
I see that you have a book about Gladys Crane by Robert Thompson. Is this available to buy? I am just setting out on some research about Gladys and her sister Muriel. Muriel was a very close friend of my late aunt. Anything you have would be much appreciated. Regards, Kathryn Hi Kathryn, Im sorry but Robert has passed away and I tried to set up something with the other people involved but they were very negative re the items being on my site and I would have removed them only I know Robert wanted his work shown and enjoyed and appreciated and it wasnt about profit for him ❤ Mary
Thank you, amazing. Trying to research family tree. Your knowledge is incredible x
Hi Mary I have the background for change background for the Masonic photo you posted last month. I can’t find your email to send it to you. Cheers Mark and thanks for your hard work. Hi Mark, thank you, I've sent you an email, let me know if you get it ok?
Thank-you so much for collating all this information. A great archive of social history.
Thank you for posting the family documents of my 3rd great-parents, Samuel Martin and Frances Eleanor Williams which has been of great interest. My guess is that the records arrived in Belfast through a descendant, Captain A.S. Dunlop R.A. of Holywood, Co Down. Who knows where the family bible went. A dead end in my research are ancestors of the linen draper Robert Potts of Quarterland, Dundrod born about 1780 and died 1811. He was married to Sarah McCulloch, born 1787 and died 1860, and their sons were Ironmongers in North Street, Belfast. Another loose end are the ancestors of Eliza Jane McClean of Belfast born 1801 and died in 1861. She married Pooley Shuldham Henry of Antrim, born 1801 and died 1881. Thanks for the informative site.
Hi. I cannot find an email address on your site. Must be my age. I have lots of info about a relative in Belfast from 1911 through to 1925 but have hit inconsistencies. Could you help. Hi Tony, If you have Facebook we have a group of people there who can often help in these instances, lennonwylie, there are 2 groups, 1 public, 1 private - make sure to join the private one and post your query there, I'm sure someone can help or at least guide you in the right direction 🙂 I don't do look-ups any more, that's why I took most of the emails off the site, I just don't have the time and felt it more important to get the stuff onto the site so everyone can benefit, I'm not getting any younger and have so much to go on the site 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/lennonwylie Mary
This is maybe an impossible task for you hopefully not. I am looking for the surnames of Sarah and Marion ?. they lived at 30 Princetown Road Bangor in 1947. Their sister Jean was married to a George Flack they lived in Toronto. He was a great uncle to me. She died in 1947 there but her sisters mentioned in a Belfast newspaper in Jean's obituary. I have tried to find them but have found it difficult. Thank you very much.
Still one of my favourite sites. I've emailed some info about Constantine O'Neill - hope you have received.
My sister-in-law's Granny was the Folk Singer Margaret Barry. Margaret died some years ago, but she won a few awards, and has had a few television shows made. They are trying to find the father of Robert Thompson. ROBERT is buried in Cork. He was born in 1851 around the Lisburn area, but they found that his father, also Robert was teaching Irish in a school or College or Belfast at the time. Can anyone help. I read that some Colleges had a connection with Dublin and Cork, but I am not sure if this will help. They hope to make a few more programmes. Margaret Barry ( her stage name) was born in Cork I think, but died in Banbridge with her family.
Great piece of working pulling this all together. I was looking for Reid family that lived at 38 Balaclava Road, trouble is after 1960 the trail goes cold!!
Thank you for the page about Groomsport Primary. I was one of the students on the last register, alongside my older brother. I believe I was one of only two, primary three students at the time haha! I absolutely adored that school, the teachers and the close knit community that came with it. Those photos are so precious to me
Hello - I've sent an email re. The Grand Fruit Store that I hope you receive. It was in Bangor and came newly under the management of a Samuel Nelson in late 1912. email sent 🙂 - Mary
Hello. I'm helping an Old Campbellian write his autobiography, and he's very keen to obtain some photographs, including one of Ronald Groves (Headmaster). Is this possible? Please let me know. Thanks very much. Guy
Hello My grandparents were both stationed in Northern Ireland in 1944. I know my grandad was at the Campbell College in Belfast. Names are Edward Kendrick and Kathleen Francis, they ended up marrying in 1945 in Moira. I'm trying to find out more information as they've both passed away and we know nothing about it. Thank you 🙂
Hello Sir My great great grandfather was in a mental hospital and on one of his registers the address was given as 37 botanic garden i Belfast did this address exist ?thanks
The film BELFAST shows the main characters living at 96 Mountcollyer St in August 1969. If the street directory at that time has the Branagh family living there then Sir Kenneth is to be congratulated even more for historical accuracy. Can you check please? Alan, Indeed, 1964 to 1970, nice new build 🙂 William Branagh, clerk ~ Mary
Hi there -this is a fantastic site, thank you for all the great work you have done! I am looking for residents of Little Georgia Street but I can't find it listed in any of the directories, am I missing it somewhere?
Hello Sir ... I have been told that my father, Ross Bell, was in the Tyrone section of the Special Constabulary, probably in the 1920s. Is there a record somewhere that I could access that would confirm or deny this please? Colin Bell. Can anybody help with this query? message here as a guestbook entry quoting "Ross Bell Tyrone Reply" and I'll pass your reply along - Mary
hello Mr Lennon, can you source an old print painting photo of no 77 bus on old albert street...just past the old Arcadian and Christian place at side...the painter supplier was a Mr J. burns from Belfast I have tried every where and cant find it ...thank you..mr Magee anybody else help this gentleman?
Hello Mary, A truly amazing site! Through you we have found full information about my wife Margaret's long lost uncle in Belfast, John Leslie Bidwell. But what a mystery! How did you get his Army Service record on your website? And all the amazing photos!!! Please can we get in touch via email? it would be so wonderful to find out more. Happy to donate, especially if we can get some photos without your website "watermark" Thanks so much for helping us find what became of him. We are really excited to get in touch, It seems that you get my email address as part of the guest book. and thanks again!!!! I replied, please check your spam folder 🙂 Mary
What a wonderful site of historic records you have so selflessly created. I'm doing some research on my nanny's family who we know practically nothing about as she was adopted. I have a birth certificate with mother's names and address which are nearly unreadable. No father. I did find a thing on your website but I really enjoyed looking and just wanted you to know I really appreciate people like yourself ♥
Thank you so much for making this website available. This is a treasure trove of family history! I'm looking for any Alexander relatives from Castlefin, who might still be living in Ireland. Could it be possible that I have second cousins there?
Thank you so much for transcribing so many directories - none contained what I was hoping (a Murphy brush-maker in Belfast around 1805/6) - his son Allin was my great great great grandfather who migrated to Mansfield, Nottinghamshire before 1830.
Hello Mary. I’ve only just discovered you and WOW, what a treasure trove you have created. I have managed to find out we’re my great grandfather wasn’t where he should have been ( thanks to your industrious labour)in 1934. It’s going to take this aged muppet some time to learn how to navigate this site (and my computer) but hopefully I’ll get there someday. .....In the meantime, I need to ask for help. I’m looking for the above mention and elusive g. grand father named Robert James Irwin supposedly born in Gorawood (Goragh). Married Mary Wilson in Mullaghglass 1890. According to census he was born about 1864 but there is absolutely no record of him. His father on marriage record is John, a farmer. Again, no record. Can you tell me please, how do I find Irwins in that region on your site. Many thanks. Stay safe Liz (nee Irwin)
You Have amassed a wonderful resoure I'm looking for any info on John Crompton who wrote from Londonderry in 1819 a letter with Bankers draft to Edinburgh. I cannot find where to log in to your sites for help! As a Postal Historian I will appreciate any help you can give. I'm making a donation Tank you Roger Dedma Hi Roger, do you mean the Facebook page? here is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/lennonwylie Mary 🙂
Hello Lennon , thank you for the tremendous information on your website about the Royal Ulster Rifles.My name is Berry Swarthoff, and I live in the Netherlands. Recently I and my wife had the honor & privilege to adopting Eric Whiteley's grave. Eric was assigned to the Royal Ulster Rifles. He died on December 1, 1944 in Holland, and he is buried at the Military War Cemetery in Venray . ( province Limburg) His parents ,Leonard & Mary Ann Whiteley lived in Killamarsh,Derbyshire .So i am surching for more information about him. Can you give me some advise where to find info.i would be greatful to you. regards,Berry
Hi Mary. Firstly many thanks for all the work you're doing in making these historical records available to everyone. I'm currently researching my family history. My grandmother was Maggie Crowe and her grandfather Henry Crowe who married Sarah Mayes and he worked for Frazer Haughton Hillmount Cullybackey. I was really surprised to see that you had the Crowe family bible. Can I ask how you came by it, and if it was possible to have it returned to the family it would mean a great deal. (Maggie Crowe married George Rogers, their son Stanley Rogers was my father) Thank you Wendy. replied via email 🙂 Mary
Hi there! Thank you for this wonderful website. What a resource it is! I have a quick question. On this site is the grave of Patrick McGowan https://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/RoyalIrishFusiliers.htm - I believe this is my grandfather. Him and Annie Connelly were married at St Francis Church, Glasgow, 1884. He also died on the date described here so I am certain it is him. Could you perhaps tell me a bit more about this photo? Where the grave is/where the collection is from/what his involvement with the RIF was? We are trying to determine where Patrick was born. So far all we know is that his Father was also Patrick and his Mother was one Bridget Gordon. I have a hunch from older family members that he was from Belfast/Antrim but I have no proof to substantiate it. Thanks! I hope you can help me with the photo!
Thanks for this wonderful resource. I am tracing my grandfather Robert Brymner, and great-grandfather William Brymner. Would you please correct the spelling from Brimlor at 42 Seaview St in 1924 and 1932. Also from Brymmer to Brymner at 109 York Rd in 1932 and 143 York Rd in 1924, 1918 and 1912. Also from Brymmer to Brymner at 17 Ritchie St in 1910, 1908, 1907 and 1901. Many thanks, Mark 🙂
Hi, My husbands ancestor was the first Bank Manager ibn gortin and I am writing a book on the ancestry, would you grant me permission to use the old photo you have of the bank Thanking you in anticipation Helen Wilson
Great resource - thank you for all the hard work in putting it together!
Just surfing,searching BITTLES,MORTON found your site, you have some old pics of me ,my mom and dad and other family how would i go about acquiring these photos? Thanks
Many thanks for all the work behind this site. It brings back lots of memories. I would be grateful if you could amend the 1960 entry for my father Henry Jordan who appears as Harold at 29 Wynchurch Road. He appears correctly in the 1960 Appendix under the BEM award.
Hi Mary I am preparing a talk about Galwally House and I would like to use the image on your website, with acknowledgement. Would it be possible to get a higher resolution image without the watermark? I will add a fainter watermark cross. Thanks Nigel
Thank you for your site, I have used the street directories a lot for research. I came across some wonderful photographs of Whiterock, Killinchy in the Gillespie Agnew collection - two of women on the shore / jetty and another of women probably picking berries from the hedge. https://www.lennonwylie.co.uk/LostCollection_GillespieAgnew7.htm Do you have more info on this collection, likely date of the photos, the ladies in them? Thanks so much 😀
Hello, Unfortunately there are some facts on your site that are not correct. How do I get in touch with you so that I can explain. Regards, Jackie replied via email Mary
Thanks for this site - I found it really useful when writing this page about my great grandfather. https://plummerspixels.com/family-portraits-2/ Also, can you correct the spelling on the 1960 street directory for 23 Ballysillan Crescent. My dad was John Plummer - not John Plumber ! 🙂 Thanks
Sorry to hear about your father's passing this year. I remember him from work during the 70's.
Hi - I am researching renee bickerstaff as we have a number of her paintings and your file is very useful. I would like to know a bit more about the pictures you have included in the file on renee bickerstaff -where did you get the photos and letters ? is one of the pictures of renee herself? Many thanks Karen
Thank you SO Much for all of your hard work! I am searching for McFee/McAfee's in the Belfast area and your site is a wealth of information. It's not easy doing Ireland research from the states! Thank you!
Hi, My grandfather (maternal) is listed here as Gnr J. Mateer (John) of 8 Gypsy Street Belfast, in 21st Battery of 8th Belfast HAA Regiment. He passed away in 1988, having never spoken a word to any of us about the War. We would be very grateful to hear from anybody who knew him. Thank you
I would like to correct a spelling error. Surname should be spelt Dickinson not Dickenson. This was my Great grandfather. 27 Irwin Crescent. It has been imputed for years 1938,1943,1951,1960
Great site...and so useful. I was surprised that there was no Belmont Road (Belfast) in the 1870s, 1880s or 1890s...it was clearly in existence!
I thank you for providing analysing the details of people and places from the Belfast Street directory. It is an excellent service to which I have just made a £20 donation. I have used the site to track Hughes families in Servia Street up to 1960 but I can't get any further. Can a look-up be carried out for the Hughes families in Servia Street after 1960, please? The names I have are James Hughes (no 10), blacksmith, Thomas Hughes (59/59A) horse dealer, and Joseph Hughes (59A) . I believe the horse dealers had stables nearby. I only need details of Hughes families in the street after 1960. Michael Hughes
Many thanks for all the information on your website. The street directories are invaluable. I have just noticed the postcards you have transcribed. There are some that interest me in particular, how do I find out more about them? Do you have them? are they from your relatives? The names that interest me are Martin, Adams, Mackintosh (all Newtownards). Many thanks again! I look forward to hearing from you.
This site is a source of enormous delight for me. I'm fascinated by local history and built heritage, and the information here - and the work that has gone in to the site - is superlative.
I just hope you can help me on my research about the Bank Buildings, your site gives this information, under 1819 Miscellaneous Notes 1787 - Bank formed; partners, John Ewing, John Holmes, John Brown, and John Hamilton. Issued Notes payable in gold. 1787 - Second Bank; partners, Waddell Cunningham, C. Ranken, W. Brown, and John Campbell. Issued Notes payable in gold. Who would have built the Bank , Reading this does it mean The 4 John’s owed the bank before Cunningham and his partners, does the second Bank mean the same building but new owners, meaning Cunning , I would appreciate it if you could help me understand as his would help my research. Thanks Joe
Thank you so much for such an invaluable database. I'm researching the Cowden families of Belfast and your site has given me much information, links and leads.
I have really enjoyed browsing this site. My grandfather and my great grandfather were both in the Wars. I will try to send in details. This is a way to record that all sides of all of our communities were Patriots. Well done!
Hi, have over the years found your site very helpful. Would like to take this opportunity to pass on some info to you, re Lost photos,' Biddy Taylor Coleraine Whiskey. The Kitty in the pictures was my grandmother, Martha her sister, Biddy and Daniel her niece and nephew. If you require more info, would be pleased to help.
I love having a look through this website. I would like to know how I can add my great grandfather's name to the list of soldiers?
Well done a lot of hard work went into developing this website. Keep up the good work