Author: Patricia Greber

Hello….it’s me….and my ancestors. My research is very Canada-based - Ontario, Montreal, Quebec City. Later the family moved to west - Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C. Before Canada, my ancestry connects to Ireland, England & Scotland but sadly on most records they seemed to be pretty shy about naming anything beyond their country of origin, so I continue the hunt! Mission: The lives before me remembered for the benefit of those who come after.

Fearless Female – A Photo

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors.  Who is in the photo?  When was it taken?  Why did you select this photo? Pictured above is Caroline Louisa Norton, my great Grandmother. Caroline was born in 1877 in Quebec City the daughter of Richard Lee Norton & Hannah Pozer Jeffery. Caroline…

Rachel (Hodgins) Harrop a Fearless Female

Rachel Margaret Hodgins was born on Dec. 3, 1870 in Huntley, Carleton Co., Ontario to parents Rachel Mordy and William W. Hodgins. On the 1871 census Rachel was enumerated at the age of 4 months and was surrounded by Hodgins families. Rachel’s grandparents and many of her father’s siblings are listed next door on the…

A Genealogy Do-Over Ah-Ha Moment

I have been slugging away at the Genealogy Do-Over that is being hosted by Thomas MacEntee which is why I haven’t posted in a while. There are days when it seems things are progressing well, scanning documents that have been tucked away in binders for a very long time. These documents haven’t been properly analyzed,…

An Anniversary – 114 Years Ago Today

Peter Jordan married Caroline Louisa Norton on this day 114 years ago, October 22, 1900. They were my great grandparents, my paternal grandmother’s parents to be more exact. Peter and Caroline were both living in Quebec City when they signed a marriage contract on October 20 and were married 2 days later at St. Mathew’s…

William Jordan – Quebec Soldier

Nobody notices the elderly man as he makes his way down Amable Street in the heart of Quebec City. A strong gait, robust frame, and bushy white mustache stained with tobacco, are a familiar sight. He often walks this way and has a seat on the bench, turning his face towards the sun. The warmth…

Back to Basics

I spent some time today going back to the basics. I have been telling myself for months that I need to review my research to move ahead. I sat down with the information from one of my ancestors that I know I still have many holes. William Robert Jordan was a military man and spent…

Names to Faces – Hodgson Family

Here are two photos of 2 people that are more than likely my husband’s ancestors. Both photos are stamped by the photographers whose location was Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. My husband’s family that was from PEI is the Hodgson family that lived in Tryon. Researching the photographers Geo. H. Cook and C. Lewis does give…

52 Ancestors – #12 John Tipper

John Tipper is my first ancestor to have traveled to Canada, arrived before 1796. Until today I didn’t have many details about him. What I did know is that he was a soldier with the Royal Artillery, his wife was Gertrude and she died in Kingston, Ontario in 1805. The family lived in Montreal, Kingston…

OGS – Genealogy Without Borders

I have happily arrived at the OGS 2014 conference held at the Brock University in Ontario. My first session yesterday was with Glenn Wright. I have been wanting to attend one of his presentations for the past couple of years and I am happy I did. The session with Glenn was focused on Canada World…