Family Histories

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    Flicker Friday: Cook’s Tavern

    Standing only two kilometers east of it’s original location, Cook’s Tavern in Upper Canada Village was rebuilt in the 1820s by Michael Mason Cook after ...

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Ancestry to Sunset Family Tree Maker Software

Yesterday on their blog, Ancestry made the shocking announcement that they planned to retire the Family Tree Maker software, news that will no doubt rock the genealogy community. Family Tree Maker version 1.0 was released in 1989 by Banner Blue software. From 1995 to 2003, the software was sold by Broderbund but since 2006, it […]

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1939 register

1939 Register

The 1939 Register was launched on 2 November 2015 in a partnership between Find my past and The National Archives. The record group includes 41 million people that were recorded in Britain just prior to the Second World War. The register includes the following information for household members: Name Address Gender Birthdate Marital Status Occupation […]

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The Comment Challenge

The Comment Challenge

I would like to issue a comment challenge to all the genealogists out there. Will you accept? Less than two months ago, I launched a new website focusing on Social History. The Social Historian is a longform story website featuring social history themed articles from across the centuries and around the world. Most articles on the site […]

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old newspapers

Newspaper Research in the Future

As a Social Historian, I use the increasing wealth of digitised historical newspapers extensively in my research to get a feeling for the time and place I am studying. Even before digitisation, I read microfilmed newspapers and occasional paper copies at the library. I’ve given the question of whether my descendants would do the same for their own […]

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Ancestry DNA

Surprise! My Ancestry DNA Results

Only days after the Ancestry Autosomal DNA test finally became available in Canada, I ordered my kit. Although I tested with FamilyTree DNA some years ago, I was curious to see what matches I might find on Ancestry. One of the challenges I’ve found with FTDNA is that people submit their DNA for testing and […]

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Crowd Sourcing History

Lives of the First World War

Sign up free to search or contribute to the Lives of the First World War project. Signing up is as easy as creating a free account with your email address and a password. Once you’ve completed your registration, you can create a profile by uploading an image, entering a brief bio and linking to your website […]

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British Flag

Only 22 countries have never been invaded by Britain

I just discovered Statista, a very interesting website with statistics on all different subjects. Their home page advertises that they have over one million statistics from over 18,000 sources and in addition to statistics and charts, they have many interesting infographics. Below is one of the charts I found while searching for ‘history’. Statista’s latest chart […]

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WordPress Plugin Genealogy

RootsPersona Review

RootsPersona is a WordPress plugin developed by Ed Thompson of Evidentia Software fame. According to the plugin page, RootsPersona creates one or more pages of family history using data imported from one or more GEDCOM files. It allows an administrator to create pages featuring people or evidence with a variety of panels that can be mixed […]

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IrfanView Free Download

Image Editing Free with IrfanView

The current price of Photoshop is enough to make a person cringe and even the home version, Photoshop Elements isn’t exactly cheap. And we would so much rather spend our available funds on our research than on expensive software. So what is a genealogist to do? Great news! The FREE IrfanView program for Windows has […]

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Barbara Bond and the beautiful Crissy

Beautiful Crissy

If I had to guess, I would say I was nine years old in this photograph taken at Christmas so the year would be 1969. Cradled in my arms is my new doll, Beautiful Crissy. Although I was a little old for dolls, I remember that I desperately wanted Beautiful Crissy for Christmas that year for […]

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Feedly Finds

Feedly Finds this Weekend

I use Feedly to keep up with the latest news, best advice and all the family history fun and I’m always looking for new blogs to follow. Here are my Feedly Finds and Favourites this weekend: Empty Branches on the Family Tree Besides a weekly ‘Recommended Reads’ post that I find so helpful, Linda Stufflebean […]

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Best Friends

Childhood Memories

I ran across a post by Carmel Galvin on the Earlier Years blog and thought it might make a good foundation for developing some of my own stories. This genea-meme is a set of questions or prompts about childhood. These questions were proposed by Alona who says: Like it or not, life today is a whole […]

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Genealogy Blog Reviews

Feedly Finds This Weekend

I use Feedly to keep up with the latest news, best advice and all the family history fun and I’m always looking for new blogs to follow. Here are my Feedly Finds and Favourites this weekend: Elyse’s Genealogy Blog Elyse Doerflinger shares her genealogy knowledge and information about her family on Elyse’s Genealogy Blog. In […]

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Sawmill at Upper Canada Village

Flickr Friday: Beach’s Sawmill

This sawmill was built in 1846 by Alvin and William Beach outside of Heckston, towards Kemptville and 35 kilometers northwest of here. This simple, frame structure was re-located to Upper Canada Village in 1956. The mill machinery comes originally from another early mill. Beach’s mill is typical of the many smaller water-powered mills constructed in […]

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Feedly Finds: Read more, know more.

Feedly Finds This Weekend

I use Feedly to keep up with the latest news, best advice and all the family history fun and I’m always looking for new blogs to follow. Here are my Feedly Finds and Favourites this weekend: Earlier Years I discovered Earlier Years recently by following a link to a post called: When I Was Young, a […]

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Feedly Finds: Read more, know more.

Feedly Finds This Weekend

I use Feedly to keep up with the latest news, best advice and all the family history fun and I’m always looking for new blogs to follow. Here are my Feedly Finds and Favourites this weekend: Family History Daily I discovered Family History Daily recently by following a link to a post called: The Grumpy […]

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Must Have Plugins for Wordpress

Must Have WordPress Plugins

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article listing some great WordPress Themes for Genealogists and today, as a companion article, I’m going to look at my favourite WordPress plugins. If you are not familiar with plugins, these can be installed on your hosted WordPress blog for additional functionality or features. There are thousands of free […]

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