I often engage in chat with RB folk and when I mention (or they discover for themselves) that I am from Northern Ireland, they somehow turn the conversation to their ancestory and often I have discovered that American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand folk do like to discuss that their grandparents, etc originated from our emerald green isle. I personally think that this is pretty cool. I do have a great interest in my own ancestory and heritage and I have discovered a lot of information about my own family roots. I can trace my family tree back to 1609 and beyond (I say beyond as that era then becomes patchy and difficult to find solid evidence or documentation on same). I do know that our family name does stem back to the registry of the doomsday book in the form of Jack/Jack’s) … My family name is Jackson.
A local historian (now deceased) Mr D J McCartney dedicated 19 years of his own life to research our family tree. It is recorded in the following book:-
This book is a first class read whether or not your family name happens to be ‘Jackson’ … it links Stonewall Jackson (Confederate General) and Andrew Jackson (US President) as direct blood relations and also outlines some of our other great military men that were prominent figures in the great world wars, Vietnam, Korea, Irish wars and many more. I am proud to be a direct blood relative in this line of Ulster Jacksons and am so pleased that my father (also named Stonewall) and I are pictured and recorded here as the latest of the line. My own children now take that honour (this book was published in 1997).
I hope that you source this book and read it. Like ive said, it is a great read and I think it would have the effect of perhaps ‘kick starting’ you to begin researching your own family name/roots. It is an interesting and rewarding journey!
This book is available on Amazon.com and from main source:- Carrickfergus Borough Council, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland, BT38.
Thanks for spending time reading this entry ….. much appreciated! x