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Owning a home: Military least likely and fire fighters more likely to own.

New analysis from reveals surprising connections between occupation and owning a home today and since 1900.
Owning a home and home ownership.

Owning a home: Military members least likely and fire fighters more likely to.

I found some of the findings described in the following press release by surprising except for one – the statistic showing that military members are less likely to own a home.

Having been raised in a Canadian military family, economics was never the first consideration for military families when it came to buying a home, although it was very important. Considering the transient nature of military postings and transfers, it often made more sense to rent either from the military itself or private landlords because we never knew how long we would live somewhere before being transferred yet again.

Changing housing markets always were a major factor, making buying a home while in the military a huge gamble. Although a member may be able to buy a home in one location within their financial means, there was a huge risk of having to sell at a loss at a later date since the time to sell was never the choice of the home owner because they remained at the mercy of the military and were governed by their assignments and transfers.This loss could be greatly compounded if the new transfer location was a higher value housing market, pretty much eliminating the possibility of home ownership in the new location.

The possibility of inheriting property was made much more difficult, possibly resulting in the sale of the family property because of the inability of military families to live on their own property and support their homes near their bases.

The volatility of military living circumstances made it almost impossible to make the investment in a home until nearer the time of retirement, when plans were being made for the future outside military service.



(Marketwired – October 15, 2014)

Members of the armed services are among the least likely to own a home in the United States, according to a new analysis by Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource. Ancestry recently analyzed 112 years of U.S. Federal Census data to better understand the connection between occupation and owning a home across the nation over the last century. As of 2012, optometrists have the clearest line of sight to home ownership at 90%, while dancers and dance instructors have the lowest home ownership rate at just 23%.

Occupation has had a major impact on home ownership rates since 1900. While the typical size of a profession’s paycheck is an important factor in the rankings, it’s not the only one. There are many instances of a profession having a higher rate of home ownership than another that typically pays more. Some interesting findings from 2012:

Public service often pays off in terms of home ownership rates, except if you are in the armed forces. Fire fighters ranked #7 at 84%, and police officers and detectives #12 at 79%, compared to lawyers and judges who ranked #20 at 78%. Teachers were higher than economists (#45 at 74% versus #97, 64%).
Janitors and sextons had a rate about double that of waiters and waitresses (54% versus 27%).
It turns out that all artists are not starving. Sixty-three percent of artists and art teachers own homes, which is almost twice as high as dancers and dance teachers, which have the lowest rate of home ownership among any profession. Higher rates of home ownership were also seen among musicians and music teachers (62%), entertainers (57%) and authors (63%).
Some skilled professions that include many unionized workers had fairly high rates of home ownership, such as electricians at 73%, plumbers at 70% and power station operators at 87%.
Sixty-two (62) percent of editors and reporters owned homes in 2012, which is higher than almost every other analyzed decade.

Home ownership rates were at just 32% in 1900 and have doubled since then, but nearly all that growth came by 1960. “This kind of historical context is extremely valuable information for people researching their family history,” said Todd Godfrey, Head of Global Content at Ancestry. “Home ownership, occupation, and location are often key bits of information that can help bring the stories of our ancestors to life and greater illumination to the times in which they lived.”

With the stability of the housing market and the economy fluctuating drastically in recent years, occupations with specialized skills and heavy ties to the community fared the best. According to the analysis by Ancestry, top occupations for home ownership in the United States for 2012 are as follows:

Optometrists: 90%
Toolmakers and Die Makers/Setters: 88%
Dentists: 87%
Power Station Operators: 87%
Forgemen and Hammermen: 84%
Inspectors: 84%
Firemen: 84%
Locomotive Engineers: 84%
Airplane Pilots and Navigators: 83%
Farmers: 81%

“Firemen, dentists and farmers all play integral roles in their local community, so perhaps the need to root in the communities they serve has played a role in home ownership,” Godfrey said. “Firefighters have a deep love for the community they serve, farmers are tied to the land and optometrists and dentists have spent their careers building a clientele list tied to the community. It could also be a case of raising their families in the same homes they were raised in and their parents before them.”

Lower rates of home ownership.

From a list of nearly 200 occupations, the rate of home ownership in 2012 is as low as 23% for certain job types. While the professions with the very highest rate of home ownership weren’t necessarily those with the biggest paychecks, the majority of the professions with the worst rates of home ownership have a mean hourly wage of $13 or less. Job stability and job security also played a large role in how likely those in a given profession were to own a home.

As expected, many of the lowest ranking occupations don’t require higher education including cleaners, waiters, counter workers and cashiers–and have lower job stability. Though surprising at first, members of the armed forces are less likely to own a home due to ability/requirement to live on base, possible deployment or the average age skewing younger. The following are occupations with the lowest rate of home ownership in 2012:

Dancers and Dance Teachers: 23%
Motion Picture Projectionists: 27%
Waiters and Waitresses: 27%
Counter and Fountain Workers: 28%
Members of the Armed Forces: 33%
Service Workers (except private households): 34%
Bartenders: 35%
Charwomen and Cleaners: 35%
Cashiers: 36%
Cooks (except private households): 36%

Owning a home has been the dream of working men and women in the United States from the nation’s founding. For people from tool makers to optometrists to dancers, home ownership continues to be part of the American dream. To learn more about the Ancestry analysis of home ownership and occupation, visit


SOURCE: Operations Inc.

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Transcription: Obituary for Clermont Boily

Here is my transcription of the obituary for Clermont Boily.
Obituary for Clermont Boily

Obituary for Clermont Boily

Décés et fuérailles de Clermont Boily

(noted in handwriting: fils Cleophas 13)

A sa résidence, le 30 janvier 1983, à l’âge de 59 ans et 6 mois est décédé Clermont Boily, époux en premières noces de feu dame Irène Turmel et en secondes noces de dame Thérèse Leclerc (Mme Fernando Breton). Il demeurait au 617 rue Principale Saints-Anges, Cté Beauce.


The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

Cemetery preservation efforts close to home in Cumberland.

I spent over twenty of my growing and young adult years living in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It was a nice surprise today to see the article “Cumberland digs deep into genealogy to keep Chinese, Japanese cemeteries open” in the Comox Valley Echo, regarding cemetery preservation efforts in Cumberland.


Jumbo in the doorway of Jumbo's cabin.

Jumbo in the doorway of Jumbo’s cabin.

According to the secondary headline of the article, “Grave mapping efforts already underway as Village officials chime in with support.”

This article piqued my interest immediately for two reasons:


I’m an avid genealogy buff and the genealogy aspect of the story is important to me. I’ve always had a fascination with history and archaeology (even studying archaeology in university).


As a teenager with a fairly new driver’s license, I used to spend all my spare time with camera in hand exploring the area around me. I may not have ventured beyond Vancouver Island, but I did make the most of the sites, sounds and discoveries of everything the island had to offer.

One of the sites I explored was the site of the original settlement of the Chinese miners at the mine in Cumberland, especially the site of what we knew to be “Jumbo’s cabin.” Now, I didn’t know much about Jumbo, but I knew of it because it was a well-known landmark.

I could see old building foundations and was fascinated with searching for artifacts including old dish fragments, bottles of all kinds, etc. I don’t believe I ever found anything worthy of keeping, but I had fun looking.

While researching this post, I stumbled upon this amazing article about the loss of substantial quantities of artifacts from the site to collectors from all over North America. So sad.

Now that I know the historic significance, I’m ironically glad that others got there before me and left nothing for me to find and collect. I’ll let them live with the guilt of razing these wonderful historic sites. I’m happy living with the memories of the fun I had.

23andMe DNA kits offer genetic and health testing in Canada.

23andMe, a genetic testing company that provides genealogy and health data via the 23andMe DNA kits, has announced it is expanding to offer genetic and health testing in Canada.
23andMe DNA kits health reports are available in Canada

23andMe DNA kits are now offered in Canada.

Although I have toyed with the idea of getting a DNA test, I haven’t done so up to now. The announcement of 23andMe’s expansion into Canada may be just what I needed to prompt me into action. I will definitely be looking into this further. I’m hoping obtaining the genetic and health reports will answer some longstanding questions, solve mysteries and break down some brick walls in my family’s genealogy research.

In November, 2013, 23andMe was admonished by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and forced to stop promoting health-related reports in its DNA home-testing kits.

The FDA published a warning letter online advising that the tests had not been proven safe or effective for providing health information and therefore could not be offered. The FDA’s concern was that inaccurate results could lead to customers to seek needless, ineffective or even harmful medical treatment.

23andMe has stated in their recent announcement of its Canadian expansion that the results of the DNA testing kit will include 108 health reports that will outline information about existing genetic risk factors and health conditions. These reports, although not cleared by the FDA, can only be purchased by Canadians in Canada.

Americans will still be able to purchase the 23andMe DNA kits for genetic testing and profiles only as the company continues to comply with the FDA ruling.

UPDATE (October 1, 2014): I decided to go ahead and order but was rather dismayed to find that this company does not accept Paypal. My husband and I do not have credit cards as we wish to be debt free when he retires from his work in a few years. Therefore, we pay for everything using either our VISA debit card or Paypal account. In my mind, 23andMe is shooting themselves in the foot by not offering these as payment options – especially as a large portion of their customers are those approaching their senior years and are in the same position we are.

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Transcription: Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois (1912-2001).

Anne-Marie Bourgeois (1912-2001) Obituary

Obituary for Anne-Marie Bourgeois (1912-2001).

Below is my transcription of the newspaper notice of the death of Anne-Marie Bourgeois.



Au Foyer de Saint-Célestin, le 30 juin 2001, es décédée à l’âge de 88 ans, Mme Anne-Marie Bourgeois, épouse en premières noces de feu Lucien Bourgeois et en secondes noces de feu Welly Luazière, autrefois de Sainte-Monique. La famille accueillera parents et ami(e)s au:

Centre funéraire
J.N. Rousseau et frère ltée
1370, boul. Louis-Fréchette

Heures d’accueil : dimanche de 19h à 22h e lundi, jour des funérailles, à partir de 11h.

Les funérailles auront lieu
le lundi 2 juillet, à 14h
en l’église de Sainte-Monique.
L’inhumation aura lieu
au cimetière de Sainte-Monique.

Elle laisse dans le deuil : ses enfants : Maurice (Suzanne Tellier) de Saint-Guillaume, Lina (Ghislain Lévesque) de Saint-Jérôme, Gisèle (Gilles Coallier) de Laval, Lione (Carole Huot) de Saint-David, Yvon (Nicole Turmel) de Nicolet, Albert (Ginette Lemay) de Nicolet et Solange (Normand Blain) de Saint-Jérôme; sa belle-soeur : Madeleine Bourgeois (feu Philibert Bourgeois) de Cap-de-la-Madeleine; ses petits-enfants arrière-petits-enfants, ainsi que plusieur neveux, nièces, cousins, cousines et ami(e)s. Pour renseignements : (819) 293-4511.
Condoléances par télécopieur :
(819) 293-8212.
Membre de la Corporation des thanatologues de Québec.


The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.