When i first started my family tree i was most interested in finding out about my Grandmother, my fathers mother.
The only thing that i knew about her was that she had been a laverty before she married my Grandfather Michael McMullan. She came from a farming family, who had land near to the McMullans. This i knew as the only time that i visited 'Family Farm' my Father showed me the land that had once belonged to his Grandfather John Laverty..
I was thrilled to find out that she was named Elizabeth Grace Laverty ,born 1893 to John and Margaret Lavery,in the little townland of Dunturk. Dunturk was a townland of 561 acres,in the parish of Loughinisland, County Down. Her name first came from two sources, my uncle Alan McMullan who also gave me the names of his McMullan Grandparents.The second source was the 1901 Irish Census, Elizabeth was listed with her family in Dunturk as an 8 year old. e
I found her marriage record to Michael McMullan on the web site Emerald
Ancestors. They were married in 1914 at Drumnaroad Roman Catholic church. I have a copy of the marriage certificate,Elizabeth was 21 years old and her name is recorded as Lizzie.
Lizzie would have 9 children 7 boys and 2 girls. They lived on the farm that had been left to Michael McMullan in the Townland Drumnaquoile. I hope she was happy,she would have been a busy lady with so many children. Sadly she died young of TB , an illness of the time and conditions. She died in June 1933 when my father was 10 years old. Finding my Grandmother in the records was very thrilling and that was the begining......