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Re: [Bann Valley] Church records and cemeteries--Castledawson, Bellaghy, Ballymena
Sorry about my earlier reply...someone e-mailed me privately about my post and being new to this list I was just thinking it was public and not paying attention!
I think something I'd like to do for a volunteer effort for this genealogy list is to transcribe the records of the Castledawson Presbyterian Church...eventually. I will probably want to check to see if I can do that, or if I had to sign something when I bought them that would prohibit full-scale copying. However, I've seen other transcriptions elsewhere of records from other churches, so I think perhaps that as long as I don't post all the images online but just stick to transcriptions, I might be within bounds. If anyone reading this on the list knows any more about this than I, please let me know!
Someone else told me they were doing a page at a time and posting it on a website and that seems doable over time to me. I'll keep you "posted" as it were!
-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Cliff. Johnston" <moments-in-time@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Would you happen to have any Johnston bdm's from ca. 1800-1820? More
> specifically I'm looking for:
> Francis "Frank" Johnston, b. ca. 1805
> Robert "Red Robin Johnston, b. ca. 1808
> Archibald "Archie" Johnston, b. 1815
> Also, Catherine, Jane, and Thomas but no dates for them - all thought to be
> siblings who went to Upper Canada in two trips, one in 1822 and the other in
> 1832, plus George Johnston who may have been an uncle..
> Cliff. Johnston
> "May the best you've ever seen,
> Be the worst you'll ever see;"
> from A Scots Toast by Allan Ramsay
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <brigid272@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <BannValley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 12:47 PM
> Subject: [Bann Valley] Church records and cemeteries--Castledawson,
> Bellaghy, Ballymena
> > Hello All,
> > My ancestors are from the townlands of Ballymacombs and Ballynease, right
> > near
> > where the Bann connects with Lough Beg and next to Bellaghy.
> > Before the Presbyterian Church was formed in Bellaghy (late 1820s), the
> > families
> > recorded births and marriages at the Castledawson Presbyterian Church,
> > just
> > southwest of Bellaghy (maybe three miles away).
> > I was fortunate enough about two years ago to be able to purchase the
> > entire
> > microfilm of Castledawson's church records from about 1800 to 1845. I
> > found the
> > birth records of my g-g-grandfather and his siblings, which I had never
> > imagined
> > I would find. To get the records I had to ask the current minister of the
> > church to write a letter of permission to PRONI. I then paid PRONI to
> > make and
> > send me a copy. I have also tried to buy the records for the Bellaghy
> > church--which records do not start I believe until about 1840 or 1850, but
> > I
> > have had no luck reaching the current minister, who also serves the
> > Magherafelt
> > church. Magherafelt has records from before 1800 and I would like to buy
> > that
> > film as well, but again, no luck.
> > I will be doing research in Belfast in October this year and have decided
> > to try
> > to access the church records either at PRONI or the Presbyterian
> > Historical
> > Society which I read somewhere has an index for church records in Northern
> > Ireland. I'm trying to confirm the information about the indexes but have
> > yet
> > to hear from them.
> > I know that one can pay to have the genealogical society in Derry City
> > look up
> > records but it's a bit pricey for those of us in the U.S.
> > I have a few questions for this list:
> > ---Boyd listed the church records at the Coleraine library on microfilm:
> > do you
> > know if they have the Bellaghy or Magherafelt church records there also?
> > ---Does anyone know if Castledawson's Presbyterian church has a cemetery
> > with
> > old headstones (ca. 1800-1850)? The Bellaghy CI has my people from the
> > Presbyterian church as
> > it was a common graveyard for protestants, but I haven't been able to find
> > some
> > lines and wondered if the cemetery in Castledawson might have them.
> > --Finally, for my McCullough ancestors from the area, I have one clue that
> > a
> > relation, one Nathaniel McCullough, was resident in Ballymena in the late
> > 1700s.
> > He's listed in a deed from a family that married into mine, and was a
> > witness at my g-g-g-grandmother's marriage in 1812 in the Castledawson
> > church. What would be the Presbyterian churches from that era for
> > Ballymena?
> > Thanks for any help you can give.
> > ~Linda Sewright
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