Tombstone Tuesday!

Templecormac, Upper Ballinderry – A Family Cemetery? 

Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Photographed on a trip “back home” during the summer of 2012, it would seem this tiny little cemetery is a private family burial ground.  I’ve since discovered that some of my family may be interred there; does that mean they are all connected to me?  More Twisted Limbs & Crooked Branches to follow.

“We leave thee but there is a promise

To dying mortality given

To meet in a place where friends all unite

A home prepared for the righteous in heaven.”

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About CJ Murdoch

Looking For "Dead People"! My Journey Back In Time - Tracing my ancestors and researching the counties, cities and towns where they resided. Taking a “Glimpse” into their lives and stories and the times in which they lived; all in an effort to learn about their “Dash”! “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the second with tears, but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” I have always been interested in researching my family tree and “hanging out” in cemeteries. Like most of us... I didn't ask enough questions when elderly family were still living. Oh, what I would give for 24 hours and a camera with my ancestors… just to sit and listen! I'm researching many family lines, including: Murdoch, Wilson, Berry, Love, Scott, Beattie/Beatty, Hendren, Sweeney, Robinson and Elvin; just to name a few. My families are predominantly from counties Antrim, Donegal and Londonderry. However, it seems that many of them, both maternal and paternal lines, originally hailed from Co. Donegal. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now live in Ottawa, Canada, making frequent trips back home to visit with my family. Of course those visits also include treks to the many burial grounds of my ancestors. My most recent trip back home was during the summer of 2019! Looking forward to August of 2020 when I will return. If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!
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6 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday!

  1. Fascinating post as always Colleen, looks to be some rather interesting grave markers 🙂


    • cjmurdoch says:

      Thanks Ed, however, I think it’s your photography that is fascinating. I’m jealous each time I read one of your posts and see the beautiful photos of places I may never get to visit!


      • Thanks Colleen, you are too kind. At least you are getting to see them, and sure if you do get a chance to come back to our shores, you will know exactly where to go 🙂


      • cjmurdoch says:

        My chance is for 3 weeks at the end of July! 😉 However, it’s impossible to manage a 6 week itinerary in 3 weeks! 😀 I love going back home, thankfully so do my husband and daughter. My daughter actually wants to do a year of university there! So, her momma will HAVE to visit more often!


      • There ya go, everything is possible. You will be suprised what you can squeeze in to a trip. Its all in the detail. Let me know if you need any pointers 🙂


      • cjmurdoch says:

        Thanks Ed, have a great day! Off to work now! Blech!!!!


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