Category Archives: Ancestors who left an impression

The movie that broke my heart…

Just watched the movie Brooklyn. I’m first generation Canadian. My father emigrated from Italy in 1951 at the age of 17 all by himself. That, in itself, amazes me. My mother emigrated, from Italy, at 21 years old in 1957. … Continue reading

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Genealogy A-Z Challenge- Surnames

Genealogy A-Z Challenge- Surnames Letter B  – BISSET   John Bisset John BISSET was presumed to be born in the parish of Clunie (per marriage record). He married Margaret Cook on the 16th February 1781 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. Sometime … 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 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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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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John Henry Cornelius Boisdale Hender Moffatt

Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale’s daughter Mary Moffatt was widowed at a young age. She had 4 sons by her husband Robert Moffatt. In the 1871 UK Census you see them living as a family in Liverpool but by 1881 … Continue reading

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Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale

  So here we go. Hugh Macdonald IV of Boisdale was born on South Uist, in Scotland on February 2nd, 1785. His father was Alexander Macdonald III of Boisdale and his mother was Marion Maclean of Coll. His parents had … Continue reading

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Why I became a genealogist

Alexander MacDonald III of Boisdale 1760-1818, my husband’s great, great, great, great grandfather. I married in 1984 and about 3 months prior to my wedding I asked my aunt to provide me with my family tree on my side of … Continue reading

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