Author Archives: CJ Murdoch

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!

My Lynch/Wilson Family of Burt, Co. Donegal…

A Preponderance of the Evidence! Several months ago, upon obtaining burial records for my 2nd great grandfather, Thomas Wilson; I discovered he was born in Burt, Co. Donegal.  The record also revealed that his parents, and my 3rd great grandparents; … Continue reading

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I Am Bound To Them!

I am bound to them… …though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history I cherish their lives I will tell their story I will remember them! Author – Unknown

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From Garryharry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal to Montgomery, Pennsylvania, U.S.A!

Not Just A Chamber Maid… Matilda (Tillie) Graham Sweeney was one of ten children born to John Sweeney & Matilda Graham of Garrowcarry, Edenacarnan, Co. Donegal.  She was also a granddaughter of James Baxter Sweeney and Fanny Robinson, who were … Continue reading

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The Hunters of Donegal & Londonderry!

From Bohillion, Newtoncunningham to Lewis Street, Londonderry… Ferris Row was located just off Bishop Street in Londonderry and was the birthplace of my great grand aunt, Mary Wilson.  Known as Minnie, she was born on 7 Jan 1865 to Thomas … Continue reading

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Too Many Deaths Too Soon!

The Beattie/Flanagan Connection…. Born on 9 Jul 1866 in Fountain Place, Londonderry she was a daughter, sister, wife and mother.  Her name was Rebecca and she was named after her mother and her great grandmother.  Rebecca Beattie is my great grand … Continue reading

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Sentimental Sunday…

Cranky Old Man! What do you see nurses? What do you see? What are you thinking when you’re looking at me? A cranky old man… not very wise Uncertain of habit… with faraway eyes Who dribbles his food and makes … Continue reading

Posted in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Co. Donegal, Co. Down, Co. Londonderry, Family History, Geneaology, Ireland | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mystery Monday!

Reminiscing… Time was I used to walk away When wearied by the old folks’ chatter About some joy of yesterday To me, such memories didn’t matter I’d often heard the tales they told And I was living in the present … Continue reading

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A Life Cut Short!

A  Diver of Londonderry & Donegal… Born on 7 Feb 1898 in 21 Lewis Street in the City of Londonderry, Thomas Wilson Diver was the second child and eldest son of eight born to George William Diver and, my great … Continue reading

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Friday’s Faces From The Past!

Do Not Weep… Do not stand by my grave and weep I am not dead, I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am a diamond glint on snow I am the sunset on ripened grain … Continue reading

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Seventeen Years Ago Today!

My Tiger Child… “A Tiger Child could be a bundle of joy and a holy terror at the same time.  A little live wire who dashes about sparkling with activity, the Tigress will throw herself into the thick of things.  … Continue reading

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