Monthly Archives: March 2016

When a genealogist has adopted children

  I have been married for 32 years. I have a wonderful life. I have been obsessed with genealogy since I was 24 years old. It was all of a sudden very important for me to find out who my … Continue reading

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Family history in 5 photos- day 5

  Betty Moffatt with Andy, Carol and Bruce circa 1967 Boyd Conservation Area, Ontario AND THEN THERE WERE TWO…. Here is the final installment of my Family History in 5 photos series. The above photo was taken around 1967 while … Continue reading

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Family history in 5 photos- day 4

My husband’s grandparents were John (Jack)  Henry Moffatt (1900-1975) and Olive Hilda Dunn (1904-1986). They were married in Toronto in 1925. The above photo was taken a few years prior to their marriage. Behind them are Jack’s sister Emily and … Continue reading

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Family photos in 5 days- day 3

Today is freezing. It’s officially spring but here, in Ontario, it has decided to give us another dose of winter. Oh how I hate the cold! I’m only first generation Canadian and I swear my DNA is not cut out … Continue reading

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Family History in 5 photos- Day 2

This is a hard one for me. I’m including 2 photos here because of that. My husband’s great grandfather was JOHN QUARTZ MOORE born in 1883 in County Down, Ireland. He married ROSEANNA FERGUSON in Belfast on October 10, 1906. … Continue reading

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With a name like Speed…..

So on to my next set of ancestors. They had the surname SPEED and they came from Fife. Sometimes the surname was spelled Speid, Speyd, Speede, Spede etc. You have to remember there was a high illiteracy rate in Scotland … Continue reading

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Family History in 5 Photos Day 1

Gail Dever wrote about a very cool idea on her blog. Her post is called Writing about your life — and your ancestors’ lives — in five photos  Thanks to Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy : http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/03/five-days-of-family-photo-stories-miss.html#ixzz43YDWiZaN for giving me … Continue reading

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Forrets from Fife

The FORRET family originated from a Simon de Foret who came over with William the Conqueror in 1086. This was the first time the name is recorded in Scotland. Forret was an old family which possessed the estate of Forret … Continue reading

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My Scottish inspiration!

Eunice Rae Speed was born in April of 1909 in Forfar, Scotland. She and her 3 siblings (another had died), emigrated to Canada in 1920 with their widowed mother Jemima. Her father, William Marshall Speed was killed in France during … Continue reading

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How newspapers can tell you how your ancestors lived

Newspapers and newspaper archives are a fantastic source of information when researching your family tree. I’ve joined several websites and libraries who hold newspapers from the past and found amazing information and stories about even the poorest relatives in our … Continue reading

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