Derry Diary

Dear County Derry, Can a place hold memories? John Carmichael was my 4th great-grandfather. Do you remember him? He was born within your borders just outside the town of Dungiven on 11 June 1774. It’s thought his parents were Archibald and Isabella (Dunlap) Carmichael (although I haven’t found definitive proof of them). John and his … Continue reading Derry Diary

The Name Game

Family names as middle names has been a tradition in my family for at least three generations: both my parents have their mother’s maiden names as middle names, my sister and I share middle names with our grandmothers, and my children’s middle names reflect names from our family trees. While not unique to our family, … Continue reading The Name Game

1912

Newspapers can be fascinating sources when looking for information about ancestors. Some of my ancestors lived in Edgefield, South Carolina and at the beginning of the 20th century the local newspaper,┬áThe Edgefield Advertiser, reported on the social activity of the town’s citizens, as well as local news and politics. I’ve been able to take a … Continue reading 1912