52 Ancestors: Week 8 – Photographs on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is photos. They are one of my favourite things in the world, especially when it comes to genealogy. Who hasn\’t looked at an old photo of an ancestor and looked for similarities to themselves? Even a photo of a house your ancestor lived in can make them more than namesContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 8 – Photographs on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces”

52 Ancestors: Week 7 – Love and Marraige on Canadiana

http://www.canadiana.ca/ This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is \”Love\”. So this week I\’m looking documents on the Canadiana website. This site has been much talked about in the Canadian genealogy community. It used to be accessed through subscription, but is now just recently free to use. I used in the search engine the key words \”Love\” andContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 7 – Love and Marraige on Canadiana”

52 Ancestors: Week 6 – Digging Deeper

This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blogging prompt is \”Surprise\”. We all know about the big genealogy sites such as Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, Find My Past, and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). But where else can you look?  What I\’m going to focus on this week is some of the lessor known ways toContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 6 – Digging Deeper”

52 Ancestors: Week 5 – Don\’t Forget to Check Out Libraries

This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is \”At the Library\”. Libraries are such an over looked resource for genealogy. There is so much focus given to Museums, Historical Societies and websites such as Ancestry and Family Search. People seem to forget that libraries can hold wealth of information as well, especially local history. A lotContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 5 – Don\’t Forget to Check Out Libraries”

52 Ancestors: Week 4 – I\’d Like to Meet John Wellington McDonald

John McDonald and his daughter Marion This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”I\’d like to Meet\”. I have more than one ancestor I\’d love to sit down with: My 6x great grandfather Michael BASTARCHE DIT BASQUE. His and his brother Pierre were deported by the British from Acadia to South Carolina in 1755. They fled and wentContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 4 – I\’d Like to Meet John Wellington McDonald”

52 Ancestors: Week 3 – Unusual Names

This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is Unusual Name. I have not been blessed in my own research with many unusual names. My maternal French Canadian side has a fondness for the names  Joseph and Mary/Marie that borders on the ridiculous. My paternal side has heavily favoured the names James and  John. My recently discoveredContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 3 – Unusual Names”

52 Ancestors: Week 2 – The Challenge of Organization: Forms and Charts

https://pixabay.com/en/cluttered-desk-dirty-education-1295494/ This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is \”Challenge\”. I have two great grandfathers by the names of John MCDONALD and James DOUGLAS that are challenges. I have yet to find which cabbage patches they came from. My biggest challenge however, is organization. I\’m sure I\’m not alone on that one, so I\’ve decided toContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 2 – The Challenge of Organization: Forms and Charts”

52 Ancestors: Week 1 – First Nominal Census in Canada

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2474/7?r=0&s=4 Amy Johnson Crow has started a new year of her 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts. Each week for 52 weeks, Amy gives a theme for participants to write about your family history. You don\’t have to be a blogger to join in. The point is to get yourself writing abut your ancestors. My blogContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 1 – First Nominal Census in Canada”