The Jordan Book

Well it’s the end of the year and I did it, I managed to get my 1st copy of the Jordan book off to be printed.

After many years of researching my family tree, I wanted to share it in a way that would be interesting to my family. I decided book format would be the best way to share photographs and stories about the families I have spent so much time researching. Another reason for wanting to create the book is all my research just sits in files, either in my cabinet or on my computer, the photos I have collected gather dust in albums, it all is waiting for an audience. I felt I had to do something to share the lives of our ancestors.

What to Include

I knew I couldn’t cover all my families in one book so I decided the easiest way to break it down would be by surnames. I picked a family line that I had a lot of information on to make it easier as this was my first try with My Canvas. I have to give credit to the Armchair Genealogist as I took her course about using the program My Canvas.

My next decision was the parameters of the book, how many generations to include, and who would be the focus? I decided the book would cover the first three generations in Canada. Why three generations? Our Jordan family arrived about 1850, the immigrant ancestor Samuel was born in 1819 in Ireland, his son William was born in Canada in 1852, and William’s children were born between 1872-1887. I do mention William’s grandchildren in the book but the focus is more on the first three generations. There are more records available for the first few generations, and a lot of the records can be located online. Another important factor when focusing on the earlier generation is I do not have to be as concerned about privacy.

Generation 1 – Samuel Jordan & Mary Quigley, he later married Matilda Stinson

Generation 2 – William Robert Jordan, Eliza Jordan (died at 17) and Matilda (Jordan) Perry

Generation 3 – Samuel Thomas Jordan, Peter John Jordan, Mary Elizabeth Jordan, John Brown Jordan, & William James Francis Jordan

All the people mentioned above (other than Eliza) became a chapter with a wedding page, photos, and a bio.


documents and photographs are easy to upload and are clear to read using My Canvas

While preparing the book I reconnected with the descendants of Mary Elizabeth (Jordan) Frost and they wrote the bio for their branch of the family. They also had photographs of family gatherings which were great to be able to add to the book.


Mary Elizabeth Jordan’s bio and wedding page


I created a two-page spread highlighting my great grandparents 50th wedding anniversary that took place in 1950


Once I finished creating all the pages in My Canvas I ordered a copy. It arrived at the house and I have been going over it, rearranging some pages, adding, and editing one last time before opening it up to other family members to order their own copies.


Cost is an issue, with the book coming in at 75 pages, it cost me just under $160 and when it showed up at my door I had to pay another $20 in fees. Not a cheap price but to see the quality of the pages, how well the photographs and documents look in the book combined with the work that I have put into this for the past 20 years, I am ok with the price.

Do It Again?

I plan to try and get at least one more book done next year. I am a little torn whether or not I will use My Canvas again. The next family I plan to focus on is the Stewart family and I do not have nearly as many photographs so I may try using Blurb or something similar.

Do you have plans to share your research in 2018? How will you do it? How ever you plan to share your research I encourage you to make a goal and stick with it, it sure feels great to have finished it!!

A Flip-through of the first 25 pages of the book. 

  11 comments for “The Jordan Book

  1. December 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Beautiful job Patricia! Thanks for the shout out. I’m thrilled to see you got it done in time for Christmas. Your family must be pleased. It’s quite the rush isn’t it to get a book like this finished? Onward to the next one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 31, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Finished, such a great feeling. A huge thanks to your course which took me through from start to finish.


  2. Kevin Fuelling
    January 1, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Incredible job Patricia! Something to be very proud of. You have given me motivation to get my info into a book this year! Thanks.
    You stated that you might not use My Canvas again. Any particular reason?

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 1, 2018 at 7:46 am

      My Canvas is a great program and I will not hesitate to use it again. I am still in the gathering phase for my next book and I do not know if I will have enough photographs to include. That is the only reason for the statement that I may try another program.


  3. nicole stephens
    January 1, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    What an extraordinary work you did Patricia! I’m still wondering if I am only a distance relation to your family, or not to distant?
    I wish you a Happy New Year and Good Health, Love & Happiness to you and your Family!
    Nicole xo


  4. Susan Inwood
    January 6, 2018 at 6:19 am

    What a wonderful family treasure you have created! You have inspired me to start to work on a similar project.
    I also have Quigley in my family, Catherine, a brick wall.
    Perhaps we could discuss this privately?

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 6, 2018 at 6:21 am

      Thank you for your comments, I am so happy with how it turned out.
      My Quigley information is limited but I would be happy to exchange information, you can email me at


  5. January 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

    What a lovely book! Sounds like a great project 🙂 Inspiring, though not sure I can manage it this year…For now I’m sticking to sharing through my blog…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. January 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    You did a great job and I am pleased to know we helped in some small way. I love the quality of the books I make with this program. The pages are thick and the print is beautiful. The overall quality is so good you know the book is going to last.

    Good job!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 13, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Danette, I couldn’t have done it without you both!

      I do agree, the reviews of the quality of the book from family members has been very positive.


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