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When you discover something big!

About 4 years ago I made an amazing discovery. I was researching my husband’s family tree and I found out that he was descended from “the” branch of Clanranald that is currently holding the Chieftainship. That, on his paternal side, … Continue reading

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Family Stories Should be Written Down!

When you hear a family story told, remember to write it down. Family stories are very important for many reasons. It keeps family history alive. Most people were illiterate in the distant past. There were no cell phones, cameras, computers or … Continue reading

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I never tire of this!

I’m a genealogical nerd in a big way! How do you explain the fact that I get up, grab a coffee and start researching the minute I wake up- even when I’m not working with a client! I just research….constantly. … Continue reading

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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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A-Z Challenge Surnames Z

ZILTCH, ZERO, ZIP….NO Z SURNAMES I’m sure I’m not the only one during this challenge that has no Z surnames. I must confess I do have one- but it’s a person who married into our family in the 1600s in … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames Y

Yes, we have no Y names either…. YIN YANG   This, my 2nd last post in the A-Z Challenge is going to be about YIN YANG. (and it’s never Yin AND Yang, by the way, as the words are supposed … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames X

No surprise we have no X surnames…. What starts with X?  Well…sounds like X? EX-SPOUSES I’ve been pretty lucky with this one. We really don’t have any ex-spouses in our tree believe it or not! We have some spouses who just … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames W

WILLIAMS Alban Williams (birth/death date unknown) Alban Williams married Flora Louise Macdonald in St. Andrew’s Church, on Rodney Street, in Liverpool, on August 22nd, 1854. It was a good match as far as her father was concerned. He made an … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames V

No V Surname either! So let’s talk about taking a vacation. Yes, a vacation! Who hasn’t dreamed of travelling to their ancestral home? For me it was Italy and the fact that I still have relatives who live there. Since … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames U

  There is no U surname in my tree…. Therefore, I will do what I did for the O surname that I don’t have either. I’m going to talk about UNDERSTANDING SOMETIMES INFORMATION CAN”T BE FOUND. This is a hard … Continue reading

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