Help Find People & Places
The mystery photo was brought to me by an friend to see if I could trace
the person and location. He was not aware of it's existence until a few
months ago, in his attic for many many years was an 11 X 8 inch framed
watercolour painting of a Donegal scene, this had a discoloured outer
overlay cream mount in damaged frame. He decided to restore the mount
and have a new frame made, when he removed the watercolour print he
discovered it was mounted on the reverse of the sepia photograph in
Looks like the 1940's
Unknown, Probably Town Hall.
Can you identify this group?
One person to the right in back row looks like Nat Anderson the one with reflection on spectacles? Another gentleman to the left of the row before back looks like Albert Wilson?
Could it have been a choir or musical society?
Note emblems, County Armagh Harp, St. George Cross, Union Flag
and Scottish Lion.
Photo loaned by David Armstrong
This photo was sent by John Clancy of New Jersey, USA. it shows some of his ancestors outside their family home believed to be in the Birches/Maghery area. The family name was Alderdice, all that John knows that this house was at Portadown, near Lough Neagh, the family lived there between 1893 to 1900.
John and family will be visiting the area next Spring, if any viewer can add some information on this family he would be delighted to hear from you, he can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gay of Maryland, USA is trying to find information on his ancestors, McAlinden, Campbell and Kelly. The photo on the left was taken on Coney Island about 1905, it shows the McAlinden family. Annie (nee Campbell) holding Patrick, next is Sarah (Bob's grandmother), then Mary, next is James holding Kathleen. Annie and James had two more boys, James b. 1908 and John b. 1912. During this period, Bob's grandfather James was the islands caretaker for Lord Charlemont. Notice the cottage in the background, this was built about 1895 and remains in pristine condition, cared for by the local council.
Bob's grandparents, Thomas Clark Kelly (1895-1962) and his wife Sarah McAlinden (1897-1976) both went to Maghery School. In 1914 Thomas went to Canada, the same year Sarah left for USA, a few years later they met up in Buffalo, New York. Shortly after that Thomas went to serve in WW1 in France, on returning to New York he and Sarah married in 1920, they lived in New York, then for some time in Ohio and eventually settled in Maryland about 1930.
Bob can be contacted at: Bobby2607@aol.com
Kathleen Donnelly of California hopes some locals can help her trace relatives. The photo shows her grandfather standing beside a seated friend. His name was Patrick J. Beattie, born about 1875-1880 in Portadown, he married Catherine Matthews, they had a daughter, Agnes and lived in Belfast from 1900 until his death in the early 1940's. For awhile during 1903 he and Catherine spent some time in South Africa. Her grandfather, Sergeant Major Patrick fought in the Boer War, it is not known if he served in WW1. It is believed that Patrick was the son of a 'mixed marriage'.
Can anyone identify which regiment the uniform belonged to?
Kathleen can be contacted at:
Kathleen Donnelly, Northridge, CA. 91324 USA
or e-mail me and I will pass on any messages.
Doreen Russell (nee Kirkpatrick) from Chilliwack, B.C. Canada sent this photo taken about 1920. It shows her great-grandfathers shop in Edenderry on the corner of Bridge Street and Watson Street, His name was Thomas Gibson, he married Sarah Collins.
On the Watson Street side of the shop is painted 'Edenderry Stores'. These premises are now owned and occupied as Joe Weir's Motor Accessories. The building has not changed a lot.
If anyone can add information on this family please e-mail me and I will pass on to Doreen
Mary DYNES (nee TATE) is the old lady,
seated. She is my
Love to hear from anyone who might be connected. Pat Churchill, New Zealand email@example.com