We Remember: Private Edward Adams (1890-1916)

My Military Ancestor Challenge Today I came across a challenge issued by genealogy blogger Patricia Greber to honour our military ancestors in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.  Patricia’s challenge motivated me to write a blog post about one of my own ancestors who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.  I…

32 Cullingtree Street: A Snapshot of Life in Early 20th Century Belfast

Broadening the search Lately I have been broadening my research to include ancestors on the far edges of my family tree.  It’s amazing how this practice can provide rich detail about the places and times in which they lived. Places like Belfast’s Cullingtree Street.  A small street once located near the city’s centre, Cullingtree Street…

David Dunbar: Son of Ulster

 A Life Cut Short David Dunbar was my Great Grandfather.  He was only thirty-nine years old when he died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and five young children.  The date was October 6, 1929, less than two weeks before David and his family were to leave Belfast and immigrate to Australia.  Had the family…

Hit a brick wall in your family research? Try going around it!

What is a brick wall? Spend a little time researching your family tree and you will soon reach a point where you have more questions than answers.  While this can be frustrating at times, it’s also part of what makes genealogy so addictive.  Those who are passionate about family history often refer to these genealogical quandaries as brick walls….