The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

Funny genealogy.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.     Dear Ancestor   Your tombstone …

Genealogy and bio: Reynolds, Matthews family moves from Canada to America.

Reynolds, Jim with Paul and Marshall - 1945

Harmond James (Jim) Reynolds (see left) was the step-father of my father-in-law, Marsh Blythe and his brother Paul, as well as father to Marsh and Paul’s half-brother William and half-sister Helen. (The original data and images on this individual and family are available on Blythe Genealogy.) It was as a result of his relationship with Louise Matthews …

Genealogy Mystery: Who were Christian W. Keefer’s parents?

Keefer, Christian W. and Mary A

Christian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband’s and children’s ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin. (Original data, images and more are available for this individual and family on Blythe Genealogy.)  After numerous years …

Awesome links for genealogy and family tree research in Canada.

Genealogy and family tree research in Canada.

  I love Canada and I’m proud to be Canadian.   But…   I learned very quickly when I started researching, that Canadian genealogical data available online can be sporadic and difficult to find.   Because genealogy research in Canada can be problematic, this post lists ‘awesome’ links for genealogy and family tree research in …

Melansons in Acadia

Melanson Mountain Sign

Pierre ‘dit Laverdure and his wife Priscilla Mellanson (my eighth great grandparents on my mother’s side) were known by the name, nickname or title of Laverdure. We are descended from the second of their three sons, Charles ‘dit la Ramee’ Mellanson, (my seventh great grandfather). The origin of the name ‘Laverdure’ is not known, but …

Tragic gas poisoning deaths of Daniel and Isabella McDougall.

Deaths by gas poisoning of Daniel and Isabella McDougall tragically caused by their daughter, Agnes.

I have found myself fascinated by the stories of the trials, tribulations and tragedies of our ancestors, and this story about the deaths by gas poisoning of Daniel and Isabella McDougall tragically caused by their daughter, Agnes is no exception. Sometimes I wonder if I was born too late as my disability, though hidden from others, …

Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005)

Family portrait from the mid to late 60's with us girls in coordinating outfits hand made by Mom.

These are treasured pictures of my Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, who passed away about ten years ago at the age of 71. He was the son of Henri Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery, born January 30, 1934 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He married Patricia-Gail Marrion Melanson on March 8, 1958 in Germany and …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.

Family Search.org Updates and Additions.

Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.   Canada Newfoundland Census, 1935 Newfoundland Census, 1945 Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955 Nova Scotia Deaths, 1956-1957 Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994 Costa Rica Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860-1975 Croatia Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic …