My Brick Wall Browns | PART 3c | Evaluate Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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My Brick Wall Browns | PART 3b | Evaluate Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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My Brick Wall Browns | PART 3a | Evaluate Evidence

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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My Brick Wall Browns | PART 2 | Timeline

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: In my first post, I defined the problem. […]

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My Brick Wall Browns | PART 1 | Define the Problem

For thirty years, I’ve been stuck behind a very high and seemingly insurmountable brick wall in the fifth generation of my family tree and I’m on a mission to finally break through it! I plan to use every tool in my genealogy toolbox to break down this brick wall including: Define the Problem My brick wall centres on […]

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Always Daddy’s Little Girl

No matter how old you get, you’re always a little girl to your father. I stumbled across this note from my father today while digitising all my manuals and receipts in Evernote. I think I would have been in my early thirties when he sent me the manual for a book binder that he’d given […]

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Ancestry DNA – Coming Soon to the UK

Just stumbled upon an announcement that Ancestry DNA will be coming soon to UK members of Ancestry. No such good news for us Canadians!

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Harbour the Lad at Your Peril!

Throughout history, more than a few apprenticed boys found themselves bound to a cruel and heartless master, sometimes for a period of seven years or more. Many, like young John Bonner, escaped at their first opportunity, choosing the uncertainty of the street to remaining in their current circumstances. Joseph Bull of Dosthrope near Peterborough seems […]

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1755: Machine Washing Engine

At Moulton’s Original Machine Warehouse, near Aldgate, London, are continued to be sold in their greatest Perfection. His most useful Machine Washing-Engine, whole Qualifications are well known to the greatest Part of the Universe, in preserving the Linnen, saving Labour, Soap, and Fuel, and that a great Degree, beyond Contradiction; as also his late improved […]

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Teenage Flashback Time!

Flashback: When I was a teenager, my room was decorated in purple, because reportedly that was Donny Osmond’s favourite colour, and I lived for each new release of ‘Tiger Beat’ magazine so I could get the latest glossy poster of my favourite idol. I’m quite certain that even at her current age of ninety-one, my […]

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1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis, TN

Built on swampy ground, Memphis in the 1800’s was the perfect breeding ground for , and in the year of 1878, the city recorded over 17,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths. Aid from all over the United States poured in, including $10,000 from Toronto in the Dominion of Canada. The almost half a million dollars […]

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Shining Sand and Sealing Wax and Other Fancy Stuff

In yesterday’s post, What Could You Buy in High-street in Oxford in 1778?, Mr. Jackson had quite collection of stationery supplies for sale from shining sand to sealing wax: Stationary Wares, viz. Writing Paper of all Kinds, Wholesale and Retail; Gilt, Plain, and Black-edged; Playing Cards, Message Cards, and Visiting Ditto, in elegant Compartments; – […]

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What Could You Buy in High Street in Oxford in 1778?

  ibles and Testaments, and Common Prayers, of all Sizes and in a Variety of Bindings, printed at the Oxford Press; – as also the New publications of every Kind; with the Magazines, Reviews, Weekly Numbers, &c. &c. &c. Stationary Wares, viz. Writing Paper of all Kinds, Wholesale and Retail; Gilt, Plain, and Black-edged; Playing […]

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Rebels Orders and the Battle of Culloden 1746

Copy of the REBELS ORDERS, April 15 Paroli R—–i J——s. It is his R—l H—–‘s positive Orders, that every Person attach themselves to some Corps of the Army, and to remain with that Corps Night and Day, till the Battle and Pursuit be finally over, and to give no Quarter to the Elector’s Troops on […]

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Toronto Downtown Fire

Great Toronto Fire 1904

Just after eight o’clock on the evening of 9 April 1904, a policeman walking his beat in the cold and snowy Toronto night saw flames shooting from the roof of the Currie building at 58 Wellington Street, near Front and Church Street and called in the first alarm about the Great Toronto Fire. The fire […]

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