It is this lack of knowledge I have tried to address - initially with annual newsletters and then with a documented family history. My own interest in genealogy was kindled in 1973 when my paternal grandmother passed away; after my sons were born I was committed to the hobby.
Research from Canada is made easier by the ever-increasing number of databases and indexes accessible via the Internet. Some of my favourite genealogical websites can be connected to via the following links:
Joining family history societies can be useful. Not only do quarterly journals (the cost of which is included in the modest annual dues) publish articles and advertisements, but they provide a forum for contacting other researchers. Membership in a handful of societies benefited me greatly; their websites are listed here:
Certain historical events resonate with me, resulting in a desire to learn more. While these events may not have directly impacted my own family I still find them fascinating.
There is the tragic story of the British "Home Children". Between 1870-1948, one hundred thousand children were sent to Canada by over 50 British child care organisations. These 4-15 year old children were emigrated (deported) to work as indentured farm labourers until they were 18 years old. Many of them were sent to Canada without parental knowledge or consent. As many as 50,000 of the British Home Children were mistreated and suffered child abuse and neglect. Take a look at The British Home Children.
Another passion of mine is World War I. The Great War website is a treasure trove for anyone who shares this interest.
It's 2016...do you know where your great-grandparents are?
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Lesley Gent, Ontario, Canada
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