Family history had never been a topic that featured very high on my list of things to research. That was, until my father died, in 1998, when my roots seemed to become the most important thing in the world to me. I got stuck right in, barely coming up for air as I looked on practically every ancestry website I could find. How I wished I'd taken more notice of the stories my father had told me and how I wished I could have had him come back for a few hours to ask him about everything.
After almost exhausting myself sitting up, sometimes right through the night, in my enthusiasm to create some kind of family tree that I could hand down to my children (who are just as uninterested as I was at their age), I figured I'd take some time out to concentrate on my family and keep some sanity.
That time out turned out to be a couple of years. So there I was, surrounded by all this information, photos and new family contacts and I had still done nothing with it. I also managed to lose a whole heap of pages of information on a hard disk that borked, so, before I lose any more, or lose the plot completely, I thought I'd share. Who knows, I may hold the key to a missing link from someone else's family history or find a missing link from mine.
My immediate family surnames (on my father's side) are Beggan (Roslea, Co. Fermanagh) and McConville (Tandragee, Armagh), branching out to a wide range of surnames, including Lynch (from Fermanagh and Galway further back),
Quigley, Hurson, Treanor, Donnellan, Murphy (Fermanagh and Monaghan), McMoran (Ballynagarrick, Gilford), and the list gets longer the more I research.
My family surnames on my mother's side were Taylor, Watkins and Pridham. I still have much to do on this side of my family but you can see what I have so far by clicking here
My site is intended to document my family ancestry as well as to share any information I may have, freely, which may be useful to others researching their ancestry. It is not my intention to cause offence to or intrude into anyone's privacy. If you feel that certain photos or information goes against this, please feel free to contact me and let me know. I can then take steps to rectify it. Also, if you have any information that shows inaccuracies, I would be grateful if you would share with me.
Please come back often as I will be constantly adding new photos and information. Hope you enjoy my site.
I would like to take this opportunity, as my site grows, to thank everyone who has helped me with information and photos and those of you who have visited and sent me encouraging messages. It's this that keeps me motivated to carry on and it's great to hear that many people are using my site to reminisce about their times in Roslea. I welcome any comments, or suggestions, good or bad, or if you think I can make my site easier to use just let me know.