Genial evening for genealogy trail and exhibition launch in Carrickfergus

Dr William Roulston, director of the Ulster Historical Foundation (right), Shirin Murphy and Brian Blair, from Carrickfergus Congregational Church, who was instrumental in arranging a loan of church objects to the museum.
Dr William Roulston, director of the Ulster Historical Foundation (right), Shirin Murphy and Brian Blair, from Carrickfergus Congregational Church, who was instrumental in arranging a loan of church objects to the museum.

Graveyards may provide the route for families searching for their roots, guests at a new exhibition and trails launch have heard.

‘Stories behind the Stones: Churchyards of Antrim and Carrickfergus’ has been developed by the Mid Antrim Heritage Partnership.

Members of the Antrim Historical Society, Katie Orme, Jane Edwards and Josephine Herbison, with Shirin Murphy, Collections Access officer, Carrickfergus Museum.

Members of the Antrim Historical Society, Katie Orme, Jane Edwards and Josephine Herbison, with Shirin Murphy, Collections Access officer, Carrickfergus Museum.

An audience gathered at Carrickfergus Museum to hear historian and genealogy expert, Dr William Roulston speak about the project, which highlights the numerous sources of information for the family historian or interested visitor.

Dr Roulston, director of the Ulster Historical Foundation, delighted the crowd, revealing all kinds of information that can be gathered from visiting old churchyards.

The exhibition includes an 18th century pulpit Bible from First Carrickfergus Presbyterian Church, and an early 19th century offertory tray from Carrickfergus Congregational Church, which was originally used in the old Independent Meeting House at Quay Gate, next to the Customs House(later the Anchor Inn).

The Churchyard trail is available from Carrickfergus Museum, and the exhibition will be on display until May 30.

Maud Hamill and Lorraine Shearer of Abbey Historical Society with Ross Hickey, Cultural Services and Commercial manager, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Maud Hamill and Lorraine Shearer of Abbey Historical Society with Ross Hickey, Cultural Services and Commercial manager, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.