Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Clark Tree - Maternal ancestors

Six Maternal Generations

I have completed the Clark family tree. I have posted a few stories from that family, and will post others. But this time I thought I would show a visual tree from Jane Clark down to my mother.  My six generations of maternal ancestors:

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Elnathan Gates - A Telephone Company Pioneer

Elnathan Gates was born June 23, 1897 to Dr. Joseph and Jenny Gates in Kenyon, Minnesota. He grew up with several of his aunts and uncles living with them the early years.

Elnathan Gates

In April 1901, Elnathan contracted whooping cough. In August 1905 at the age of 8 Elnathan broke his arm just above the wrist when he fell ten feet from a home made trapeze that some of the boys had made.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A Tale of Ups and Downs

Oliver's baptism record
Oliver’s life story is one that swings like a pendulum back and forth between success and tragedy.

The 1851 census states he was born in Ireland in 1839, but later records always say Canada. It is possible that he was unaware that he was born in Ireland, or the 1851 census taker was mistaken. He was baptised nine months later in Valleyfield, Quebec on February 24, 1840.

There is a missing period of time. I have not found record of Oliver during the 1860-1861 census cycle.

In 1870, he was married to Sebrina Richardson from New York. They were living in Cheboygan, Michigan along with three of Oliver’s siblings, John, Samuel, and Hannah. Oliver and John were working as blacksmiths.

In 1872 the pendulum begins to swing. Sebrina died on February 22 and was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Cheboygan. On May 21 Oliver married Alice McGinn a 31 year old Canadian-born resident of Cheboygan.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Ontario Teachers

My great-grandmother was a teacher in Frontenac County prior to getting married in 1912.  I thought I should try to find more about this.  Well, I came across a website that said:

There is a comprehensive listing of all Ontario teachers from 1911 to 1966, which includes qualifications, home address, and salary for each teacher. Known as Public and Separate Schools and Teachers in the Province of Ontario, or variously as Schools and Teachers in the Province of Ontario or The Blue Books, all years are available on Internet Archive.

So checking out the Internet Archive ( site, I was able to find two years (1911 and 1912) that she was teaching in Sharbot Lake, my great-grandfather's home town.  I also discovered that his father was the "secretary of the board" for the school where she taught.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Australian Treasure Trove

If you have relatives that have moved down-under, you might want to check out Trove.

Trove is an National Library of Australia website that will help you "Find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more".

When you do a search on the main screen, make sure you check all the sections of results, not just the one in the centre.  I saw the digital newspaper results, and almost missed the other sections - books, journals, gazettes, music, diaries and letters, maps, and photos.  All this in one search - indeed it is quite a treasure Trove.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Searching for free

You may know of the collection of sites, such as the Canadian, Australian, or British sites.  Then there are,,,  Some of them offer free services, and then for an upgrade you can have access to more.

But if you are just starting out, there are many places to get free genealogical information on the web. is one site that has a wealth of information to get you started.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Finding James Patterson

One of the challenges I had searching my family tree trying to ascertain who James Patterson was.  With a common name like that, there were quite a few people to choose from.  Rather than document the long round process I took to finally decide, I will layout the facts, and the decisions I had to make.