Wordless Wednesday!

The Templecormac Graveyard, Upper Ballinderry… 

“We do not need to grieve for the dead. Why should we grieve for them? They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home.”
― John O’DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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I visited this little Graveyard for the second time since the summer of 2012.  Realizing after the first visit, and another year of research; that family are interred there.

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The first visit left me with a rather uneasy feeling as though I was unwelcome!  This last visit was very different; for some odd reason I felt surrounded by love!

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I have photographed and recorded all of the headstones in this Graveyard, some are legible and some not.  If you have family buried in The Templecormac Graveyard feel free to get in touch and I will be happy to send photos!

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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 Wordless Wednesday!

  1. Suzanne Desormeaux says:

    Hi there, I’m researching Crossan and Murphy in the Belfast area. It would seem that the Crossan’s were in Balinderry Co, Antrim. I was wondering if there are any Crossans in Templecormac Graveyard? If not, do you know of any another cemetaries in Balinderry Parish, Co. Antrim that would have burials from the late 1700’s to the mid-1800’s? Thank you. (P.S. I’m in Canada as well-Quebec to be precise)


    • CJ Murdoch says:

      Hi Suzanne, although I don’t have the name Crossan or Murphy in my tree; the Crossan name is “ringing bells”. I’m sure I’ve come across some headstones with those names. On my last trip back home, I documented many graveyards and cemeteries in the Ballinderry area (it’s where I stayed for most of my 3 week trip; my aunt lives there). Over the next few days I’ll go through all the photos (hundreds of them, literally) and see what I can find. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to transcribe them all yet; so it means going through all the jpeg files. If you would like to send me an email at twistedlimbsandcrookedbranches@gmail.com I’ll email you directly. It may take a few days, but I will certainly get back to you! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Colleen


  2. killultagh says:

    I have added Temple to http://billiongraves.com if you would like to add the headstone photos to it Colleen? I have added photos for Trummery thus far and I will hopefully add a few more in the surrounding area including the Middle Church.


    • CJ Murdoch says:

      Hi Killultagh? I have photographed many of the cemeteries in that area. Unfortunately, at this point in time I don’t have time to enter them into the billion graves website. If there is anything in particular you would need or like please let me know via email and I’ll try to help you out. Thank you for reading my blog.


      • killultagh says:

        I have taken photos of interest to my own tree but it is simple enough to upload photos to the website and allow others to transcribe them.


      • CJ Murdoch says:

        Thanks, I’ll definitely do what I can when I have a moment. I’m rather “buried” in documents and photos at the moment since my list trip back home in July/August of last yet. 🙂


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