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Ancestral Calendar Highlights Week of July 21

On my ancestral calendar for the week of July 21st to July 27th are the following events: July 21, 1915 : Marriage of John Bulmer...
Sentimental Sunday | Ancestral Calendar Highlights Week of July 14-1626

Sentimental Sunday | Ancestral Calendar Highlights Week of July 14

It seems that July was a popular month for weddings in my family. On my ancestral calendar for the week of July 14th to...
Black Sheep Sunday | John David Taylor continued…-1269

John David Taylor continued…

In my last post about my great-great-grandfather John David Taylor's 'other woman', I discovered that there were two children born to their union. I...

John David Taylor

On 29 October 1901, my great-great-grandfather, John David Taylor, was admitted to the Barrow Workhouse and subsequently committed to the County Asylum in Lancaster,...

John David Taylor – Newcastle City Lunatic Asylum

John David Taylor was admitted to Newcastle City Lunatic Asylum in Northumberland on 11 or 12 December 1901.  His records read: Reg. No. John David...

John David Taylor – “A bit of a disappointment”

John David Taylor, my great-great-grandfather, was described by his wife, Eliza, as "a bit of a disappointment" and that was all she would say...

Palser Family – A sad, sad story

Maud TAYLOR came to Canada from England somewhere between 1901 and 1911 to begin a new life.  She married Albert Richard PALSER, a Toronto native,...
John Taylor Death Certificate-2203

John Taylor Death Certificate

John Taylor, my 3x great grandfather, died in Barrow-in-Furness at the age of 68 of 'Epistaxis exhaustion'.  Epistaxis is the medical term for 'nose...

Polly – Chapter 6

If the story of early Canada was written by fur traders, the railways and politicians, between 1939 and 1945, every man, woman and child...

Polly – Chapter 5

Toronto still loved a military parade. Groups supporting peace, abolishment of weapons and disbanding of regular military forces as yet had not enough support...

Polly – Chapter 4

Just as the veterans were returning home, thousands were thrown out of work as the munitions factories closed down. The Canadian Labour Movement was...

Polly – Chapter 3

The glory days of the British Empire were in full swing. The English presence was in every part of the world. School children saw...

Polly – Chapter 2

In 1906, Toronto had a population of approximately 350,000. East Toronto, Toronto Junction and North Toronto were separate towns. Scarborough was a farming settlement...

Polly – Chapter 1

The North Atlantic at its best is unpredictable, but in December it is like a thing possessed of many demons, rendering the air with...

Polly – by Irene Macrae

I have assembled and written this story for the benefit of my children and grandchildren and those other family members who don’t know very...

Eliza Taylor

I came home to a cool surprise today.  Marg had left me a package with lots of family goodies.  Besides Daniel Bulmer's WWI records,...