Finishing the Year Strong

It has been a busy genealogy year for me, I have had the opportunity to travel to conferences, visit cousins and various archives and museums in Canada. I have also made many new friends, connecting with people that have the same interest (PASSION) means there are people to celebrate my genealogy victories with!


I am grateful for all the discoveries I have made this year; finding my 4th great grandmother’s surname Gertrude Cudlipp, military papers at LAC about William Jordan being ill in 1891, a photograph of Samuel Jordan at the RCA room in Kingston, a cousin I had lost touch with, a whole branch of my Jordan family was found after years of searching, being back in touch with another branch of the Jordan family (who found me because of my blog), and the numerous family photographs that have been shared with me by relatives. What a great year.

A trip to Ireland brought me face-to-face with a 3rd cousin who I have exchanged letters with for 10 years. On the same trip we visited a farm in Donegal where people with the Diver surname were living. The man of the house was willing to take the DNA test I brought and we have since confirmed a DNA connection between our families. After receiving the positive result I sent off a Y DNA test to see if the match is through the male line. Looking forward to those results arriving in 2018.

I have been working on journaling, I keep a diary but this journal is specific to my genealogy life, and I love having something to write in it.


It’s hard not to be swept up in DNA phenom, which has added a lot to my family tree. Relationships have been confirmed, but there has also been some confusion with a cousin not matching. I have found DNA a fascinating tool and I am excited to see my new matches in 2018. I wonder what the DNA companies will be offering us in 2018? My wish is for more tools to further help us figure out and group our matches.

A Goal Met

One of my goals this year was to start and complete a family history book. When attending the OGS Conference in 2015 I had visited Lynn’ Palmero’s table in the marketplace and was inspired by what she had done, her book looked amazing. I took her course at The Armchair Genealogist on using My Canvas.  I was hoping this course would be the motivation for me to start and finish a compilation of the research I had done. I am happy to say the Jordan family history book has been submitted for printing and I am waiting for the first copy to arrive on my doorstep!

Now that I have done one book using this program I hope to use the same format to create one for each of my grandparent’s families. The next family I will be focusing on is my mother’s Stewart family, which I hope to start in January.

What’s Up in 2018 for ME

What else do I have planned for 2018? A trip to Quebec City with a visit to their archives to further research my Jordan, Jeffery, and Norton, families.

As far as conferences go I plan to look into attending the I4GG Conference as I want to become more proficient in DNA analysis.

Blogging is also a priority as I enjoy sharing my discoveries and thoughts in this format. I will also be writing posts about my husband’s family so watch for those.

Who knows what else I will do next year, but I hope it will involve travel and more genealogy discoveries!

I am wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and many new genealogy discoveries in the New Year.

Bring on 2018




Cousins Are THE Best

An amazing email arrived in my inbox from my cousin Nancy. The title of her email was “Do you have this one??”

In the email attachment was a photograph of my 2x great grandfather William Jordan.  This picture is the same one in a booklet done by the Royal Canadian Artillery in the 1930s for their reunion. Her picture was clear and uncropped.

The picture on the left is from my cousin and the picture on the right is the one I copied from the booklet, what a difference! The military medals are so much easier to see in her picture!

You never know what family pictures are waiting for discovery at your cousins’s house.

So I will say it again COUSINS ARE THE BEST!

Thank you Nancy, oh, and keep them comin’!



What A Weekend

I wanted to share my incredible weekend with you.

I am starting this tale by rewinding back to September 2001. My husband and I were getting away on a rare (maybe first time ever) trip just the two of us. I had it all planned out, stops across Ontario and then heading into Quebec, with plans to end the journey at Quebec City. Of course, the trip was mainly genealogy research based.

It was a lovely trip, visiting libraries, archives and connecting with family. One stop was to see my cousin Edith who was living in Cambridge. We had never met face-to-face, up until then our communication had been mainly by letter.

We spent a lovely afternoon at her home and she was willing to let me and my husband run down to the local copy centre with some of her photographs. We made the best copies available on-site (although not the best quality) at that time.


Visiting Edith 16 years ago

Years passed and Edith and I lost touch.

Fast-forward to two weeks ago when I tracked down one of Edith’s nephews who was also related to me. I wasted no time in asking how to get in touch with his aunt. Honestly, I had been scouring obits for Ontario as I thought it possible she had passed away. I was amazed and thrilled to hear that Edith was alive and kicking at 104 years old and living in Gatineau, Quebec.

When I found out that Edith was doing well, I immediately wanted to plan a trip to see her. My husband and I were able to get away so we booked a trip to Ottawa leaving on Thursday and returning this past Monday.

Unable to chat with Edith on the phone, as her hearing is extremely poor, we were traveling with our fingers crossed that she would be home and up for company.

Armed with her address we set out the day after our arrival in Ottawa, knocked on her door, unsure what we would find. Well, I needn’t have worried, once we re-introduced ourselves she quickly remembered us and asked how our cattle farm was doing!


I felt I was more prepared for this visit, I had a bit more research done on the family and was able to ask better questions. I could tell Edith thoroughly enjoyed our visits as she regaled us with stories about times gone by.

Edith could not find one of her photo albums but was willing to have the pictures she on-hand scanned. Thank goodness for the Flip-Pal Scanner!



Gathering of ladies of the Jordan family – L-R Edith, Nellie, Vi, Lillian & Mary Frost taken at St. Joseph’s, Quebec


One photograph Edith had on display was her grandfather and my 2x great grandfather William R. Jordan in full uniform! I had never laid eyes on this photograph before and was beyond thrilled to see as well as scan it!



William R. Jordan – c1885


After three visits with Edith, we had to part and it is so sad to know I will likely not get an opportunity to see her again.

Truly one of my favorite things about researching my family tree is getting to meet relatives like Edith.

*featured image – Edith c1940


Day 11 of the Military Challenge from Ottawa

Today I am concluding the 11-day Military Challenge with photographs of the Memorial in the centre of Ottawa.

It was a surprise trip and I can’t think of a more fitting place to be than our Nation’s capital this Remembrance Day.

I am grateful for the service that my family has given in causes in Canada and further afield. Today I remember all #mymilitaryancestors




Military Records in Canadian Orders-In-Council

I think this post fits nicely with the 11-day Military Challenge

My Genealogy Life

Reposting this for the 11-day Military Challenge

Yesterday I spent some time searching on-line at the Library and Archives Canada’s website focusing on the Orders in Council. The records cover the years 1867-1924, and are further explained on the site as:

A federal Order-in-Council is a legal instrument made by the Governor in Council pursuant to a statutory authority or, less frequently, the royal prerogative. All orders in council are made on the recommendation of the responsible Minister of the Crown and take legal effect only when signed by the Governor General.

My first thought was to search for the regiment that my 3 x great-grandfather William Jordan was a member of, “B” Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery. There were 170 results for this search which helped me to follow the movements of the regiment while he was serving with them.

I then decided I would do a search for the Jordan…

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Court-Martialed in WWI

Day 9 of the 11-day Military Challenge

One of my relatives Karl Louis Harrop was court-martialed during WWI. After looking at his service file I also ordered the records of his court-martial from LAC. The new papers had a few hard-to-read statements and no much. What happened to Karl?

Karl Louis Harrop was born in Lancaster, Ontario to parents Robert Louis Harrop and Ella Bolster. His father worked for the C.P.R. and the family was stationed in many places across western Canada.

At the start of the war in September 1914 Karl signed up for service, becoming a part of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. According to his file, he was never, “hit, buried or bombed” but then goes on to say that he was bombed during training in 1915 and received an injury to his head.

In 1918 when Karl’s battalion was advancing he made himself abandoned his position and went missing and was subsequently arrested. Shortly after his arrest, he was admitted to hospital and further examined. His court-martial file includes statements from fellow soldiers describing him as nervous around gun-fire (really?) as well as having nervous tremors.

Upon returning to Canada Karl spent time in the Cobourg Hospital where he continued to recover from the trauma of war. The Doctors felt that his condition was on account of 3 plus years of service and that he was improving.

In 1921 Karl is living with his parents and siblings in Vancouver and working as a laborer.

Karl moved back to Saskatchewan and was living in Regina when he died in 1957. He appears to have never married or had children. Karl is buried alone at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Riverside HARROP, Louis Karl d. 1957 Memorial Park Cemetery, Regina

Memorial found on Find-A-Grave

Military service was not a picnic.