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Reply Rosa allison
6:30 PM on May 12, 2015 
Looking for Raymond Webb can anyone help trace him
Reply sandra nisbet
7:49 PM on January 5, 2014 
I spent many happy times with my whole family in one of Bell's Cottages, Sandylands, Ballyhalbert. Year after year, on the day when school in Belfast was out for summer we were taken to the cottage and came home when school was about to go back - these summers have left me with some of my most vivid memories of a carefree childhood. I made lots of friends who also came for the summer and who stayed near the harbour, as well as other friends who lived year round in the village. I remember as a teenager a couple of kids from Ballyhalbert - we hung out together "up the street" in the shop listening to the juke box. I recall their names were Betty McMaster, Junior Innis and, Andy Thompson. I think that we got up to some mischief together but as I am in my late 60s now I cannot remember the details and I am sure that the times being what they were, we were quite innocent. I haven't been in Ballyhalbert for a number of years as I live on the west coast of Canada but I hope to go again - maybe gather some dulse behind the pier when the tide is out or just gaze over the sea wall and recall those special times.
Reply nicola beggs
6:38 AM on April 26, 2013 
my grandparents were Beggs from Ballyfrench, my Auntie still lives locally - i left NI in 1982 as a child but still have an interest in family history
Reply nicola
6:34 AM on April 26, 2013 
Richard Orr says...
Hi Debbie,

Any relation to Mary McKee b abt 1808 and married David Reid?

Regards,
Richard Orr
Reply Del Cannon
9:59 AM on February 24, 2013 
Gary McKelvey says...
I'm looking for any information on John McKelvey, born about 1825. He's from Ballyhalbert. He emmigrated to the US about 1859.

Sketchy records show Wm Lemon(1730-18220 m. Jane McKelv (Died 1820) (sp?), both of Ballyhalbert. Their sons John (1765-1854)and William (1763-1827) arrived in Salem, Massachusetts 8/8/1795 aboard the Brig "Eliza", Capt. Wm Fairfield. Perhaps this will give you some kind of hint or thread to follow.
Reply apecchia@rogers.com
6:43 PM on January 7, 2012 
Hi Philip-How are you related to the McGiltons
Reply apecchia@rogers.com
6:42 PM on January 7, 2012 
Philip Murdoch says...
Hi there folks, my mum Cherrie Murdoch nee Weir lived in Kircubbin for most of her life but her dad John Weir had a shop in Ballyhalbert for a while, have been tracing my family tree and have a lot of connections to Ballyhalbert and most of the Lower Ards area.

Names im Researching are Weir, McGilton/Magilton, Gaw, McGaw, Bell, Reid and McMaster
Reply John Oflus
6:05 AM on December 26, 2011 
Debbie Palmer-Pecchia says...
My children, husband and I visit ballyhalbert every 4 years or so. My mother goes yearly to visit her two sisters and nieces.

family names are Bell, Palmer, Mckee and McCance
Reply joanne
8:40 AM on November 18, 2011 
My name is Joanne Ross and my Great grandfather came from Balleyhalbert. His name was Robert Henry Ross , parents were James Ross and Mary Bell . Any information appreciated.
Reply Philip Murdoch
6:14 PM on August 18, 2011 
Hi there folks, my mum Cherrie Murdoch nee Weir lived in Kircubbin for most of her life but her dad John Weir had a shop in Ballyhalbert for a while, have been tracing my family tree and have a lot of connections to Ballyhalbert and most of the Lower Ards area.

Names im Researching are Weir, McGilton/Magilton, Gaw, McGaw, Bell, Reid and McMaster
Reply Richard Orr
10:36 PM on July 9, 2010 
Hi Debbie,

Any relation to Mary McKee b abt 1808 and married David Reid?

Regards,
Richard Orr
Reply Gary McKelvey
7:41 PM on May 22, 2010 
I'm looking for any information on John McKelvey, born about 1825. He's from Ballyhalbert. He emmigrated to the US about 1859.
Reply Skullmartin
4:47 PM on April 16, 2010 
What do I mean probably !!!!!!!
Reply Skullmartin
4:40 PM on April 16, 2010 
Ballyhalbert is probably the most scruffy village in Nortern Ireland
Reply Lorraine
3:28 PM on February 15, 2010 
I am looking for information about my Halbert ancestors. I understand they emmigrated from Ireland to Canada sometime in the 1850's. There were three Halbert brothers who came out. I think their names were James, Adam, (George?) Where can I find pre-famine information about this family? Birth records and ancestry would be a big help. Are they related to the Talbot family? Also, are there any decendants of this Halbert family still living in Ballyhalbert? Thanks for any info you may have.
Reply Debbie Palmer-Pecchia
7:33 PM on December 27, 2009 
My children, husband and I visit ballyhalbert every 4 years or so. My mother goes yearly to visit her two sisters and nieces.

family names are Bell, Palmer, Mckee and McCance
Reply Dorothy (McMillan) Cramer
6:10 PM on November 20, 2009 
Have been back to visit Ballyhalbert 2008 and 2009. My friends and I have so many great memories of this lovely village.

As teenagers, during the '60s' we would go to the Saturday night dance at the (I think) Locarno Dance Hall in Portaferry. Such fun coming home by local bus! Hilarious!!!!!!!!

Regards from Canada.
Dorothy
Reply Dorothy Cramer
7:42 PM on November 9, 2009 
As a family, my parents and myself and friends, were 'semi' residents at Ballyhalbert from the early 60's.

I came to Canada 1967 and married my husband 1968. My parents came to Canada 1973 just before our daughter was born.

I will always remember the good times and the friendship we had with
everyone while living along Harbour Road, #37.

My husband and I have been back to visit 2008 and 2009.

Ballybert, I (we) will always love you!

Thank you for such happy memories.

D.







Unfortunately I was not able to bring my husband back to my homeland until 2008.
Reply Michael Lunn
10:24 AM on November 8, 2009 
My mother lives in Ballyhalbert & I was visiting only last week (!st week in November 2009) from my home in Torquay Devon..I am a Belfast "boy " I love visitng Ards & the surrounding areas from my early years.
Reply Robert Swift
8:29 PM on October 27, 2009 
I used to be the paperboy in Ballyhalbert, Lived at 75 harbour Road
Reply Alexandra Welsh
8:18 PM on October 27, 2009 
Ancestors came from Ballyhalbert,my Grandmother Grace MCIlwaine was an Ennis. Researching my Family Tree. Have been in Ballyhalbert a lot, lovely place.
Reply isobel hazell
12:29 PM on September 6, 2009 
My Great great grandparents came from Ballyhalbert there name was Alexander Cathart and Mary Bicket Kerr they were married 1862 I am hoping to find out some more information about the family. I wondered if there parents also lived in Ballyhalbert.
Reply Estelle Beggs Evert
6:24 PM on July 17, 2009 
My great grandparents were born and raised in Ballyhalbert. I never knew them and I am happy to know that their home town still exists. I hope one day to visit, and to learn if any of my Beggs, and Lemon relatives still live there. From the pictures, Ballyhalbert looks like a lovely and friendly place.
Reply kathy lewis
12:40 PM on July 12, 2009 
enjoyed this site, ballyhalbert had very fond memories for my mother and i hope to visit the area in the near future.
Reply Rachel Halbert
5:13 PM on June 26, 2009 
my second name is in ballyhalbert as i am rachel halbert
and i may have had irish ancestors but i dont know
Reply Bill Diggins
7:09 PM on June 23, 2009 
My great grandfather William Filson was the head of the Orange Order in the 1920s. We just visited the area in March for the first time and were able to get into the hall. It was such an amazing experience. Ballyhalbert is a beautiful town and I hope to return very soon.
Reply Skullmartin
11:40 AM on February 17, 2009 
Good 'ere innit?