Thursday, 14 July 2011

Spelling Errors in the Belfast Street Directories

here is an example of a spelling mistake in the 1918 Belfast/Ulster Street Directory

Keayes, Richard, superintendent Matilda Street Model Lodging House
Keayues, Richard, supt. Workingmen's Home, 30 Pretoria Street

I'm assuming they are one and the same person...........

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Burma Star Northern Ireland

I was at the Service for the laying-up of the Burma Star Northern Ireland Standard on Sunday 3rd October 2010 in St. Anne's Cathedral Belfast, what a wonderful turnout, the church was full and what beautiful weather, the sun shone all day and the sermon by Dean Houston McKelvey was very very interesting and moving, you can go to the St. Anne's site or mine and read his words, people were very moved as this is the end of all Burma Star gatherings in Northern Ireland for our soldiers and to remember the many men and boys who left their homes in Belfast and all over Northern Ireland and never came home again

When you go home, tell them of us and say
for your tomorrow - we gave our today

how poignant and how unfortunate that they have already been forgotten, forgotten by the media, by our own local media the Belfast Telegraph in particular, and the BBC especially, they did a piece about my father Jim Lennon, he was led to believe, as were other people involved in the organising of Sundays service that there would be full coverage of the service and all the men and guests, many who travelled from England and one lady in particular who travelled here all the way from Canada............

my father is embarrassed that the coverage was totally of him, there was a brief glance inside the cathedral and the whole item lasted 3 minutes..........they spent 3 hours at my fathers home and followed him around inside St. Anne's for an hour and a half and only a few seconds shown on the local evening news programme the News Letter had a nice but small article about the service and I believe some local radio stations mentioned it briefly

what happened? I know there has been quite a bit about Services and Remembrance and ceremonies this year but this is the END of the Burma Star in Northern Ireland, doesn't anybody but the families of these men care? can go to this page on my site and look at the photographs of what I think was a "perfect day" but it will be the last day for the Burma Star Veterans...

Mary Lennon

Monday, 2 November 2009

spelling errors

there are many many spelling errors in the directories, I leave them in and put the correct spelling or what I think the word may be in brackets, especially in the 1908, if you check out a few pages it will give you an idea of how you should try many spelling variations while searching for your relative, online or anywhere.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

John Jno.

If you are searching for a John in the street directories, try also searching for Jno. I have found this spelling hundreds of times and then found it in later directories as John


Tuesday, 18 August 2009


My site has been down since 10pm ish Tuesday 18th August, it was in danger of being hacked, it will be up and running again as soon as possible, Thank you for your patience.


Friday, 14 August 2009


I was losing too many emails with Hotmail and too many mail boxes 'junked' Hotmail so hopefully this will be far better


Thursday, 16 April 2009



the easiest thing to do is go to the above link and search, entering the email title, they are 99.9% false........

I have received 17 warning emails today about this guy Simon wotshisname and apart from the fact it is time consuming replying to people to tell them these are scam mails, it also is a good way for spammers to get several email addresses in one go, when you send these scams out to everyone in your mail box, you also include private email addresses which are like ex-directory phone numbers, I have a private email I don't want anyone to use except family, if someone in my family does a mass email forwarding one of these scams, my email is no longer private, I'm sure some mathematic mind can work out the sums but I just know it is wrong and all you have to do in any situation where you are not sure if something is right or wrong..........GOOGLE IT