Category Archives: Genealogy & Family History

Genealogical stories and encounters

Q is for Quebec

Okay so this is a bit of a cheat: the post is more about Family History than it is about Quebec, but so much of my family history IS in Quebec that I felt totally justified. It all started back … Continue reading

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Day in the life

  Today we started with no appointments, and no plan, so sat down together and prayerfully started making a few phone calls. This is how things shaped up: Visit to Sister A (who is due with #4 in two weeks). … Continue reading

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Yankee Frugality

  We had a catered meal at work and the caterer left a mound of butter, which I confiscated and put in our staff refrigerator for later use. Soon after, I found it dumped in the organics recycle bin. I … Continue reading

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Riddle (of a genealogical nature)

  Charles Pierre Pare and Marie Josephe Lessart marry and have…22 children; several born in the same year, only a few months apart. How is this possible? > > > Answer: It’s not. Two brothers, Charles and Pierre Pare, marry … Continue reading

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Z is for Zeal

We have a video recording of a family reunion back in the early 80s. At one point, I have lugged out my family history binders and am “entertaining” my kin with the fruits of my genealogical labors. My zeal is … Continue reading

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Y is for YOU!

You are a product of your ancestry. Your DNA, your ethnic background, maybe even your talents, quirks and proclivities can be traced back to who came before you. Start with yourself. Write your personal history. Keep a journal. The more … Continue reading

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X Marks the Spot!

Do you like hunting for treasure? If you have ever followed a treasure map then you know that X marks the spot where the treasure lies. For me, doing genealogy is like hunting for treasure; finding that elusive ancestor after … Continue reading

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W is for Wiki

The ultimate form of collaboration, sharing, and knowledge is the genealogy wiki. FamilySearch’s wiki is found here.  (“Get research advice, or learn where to find record collections in our 77,242 articles.”) I recommend reading the About page first. Another worthwhile section to … Continue reading

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V is for Vital Records

Vital Records are the genealogist’s bread and butter. These consist of Birth, Marriage and Death records. They are (usually) accurate and authoritative, and each state or locality (usually) has mandated the recording of these events. If you read my ‘M’ … Continue reading

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U is for Under-utilized

These records are not high on the list of sources for genealogical information, but can yield important clues to further your efforts. City Directories- a good indicator of mobility–when did they arrive in or depart from a city? Court Records: … Continue reading

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