Tag: genealogy

A Name Gone, but Not Forgotten

This week is Favorite Names prompted by Amy Johnson Crow. Melody is a surname that my family would not let die, a homage to our petit but feisty ancestress Bridget Melody. She was born in 1864 in Galway, Ireland to parents Michael Melody and Dorothy Guinnessy/McGuinness. Her parents would have experienced first-hand the Irish Potatoe Famine and…

My McMahon DNA Breakthrough

A DNA whirlwind of discoveries I am researching two very common names on my maternal side, McMahon and McNamara, the place, Clare, Ireland. After searching through wills, land records, civil war records, death, baptism, cemetery records, tombstones in Canada. I was no closer to where in Clare they were from. Once the Catholic records went…

Gedmatch – Quick Tip

Exploring our DNA matches is so much fun. A quick tip when looking at your one-to-many matches at Gedmatch change the selection to the X on the page and see who is matching you on your X Chromosome. The X has a different inheritance pattern if you are a man you received your X solely…

Crafting My Genealogy

I recently joined a group on Facebook called GAACR (Genealogy Arts and Crafts Room) where there are regular posts about creating arts and crafts using our ‘stuff’. One item caught my eye, it was an old used envelope that was enlarged and framed. The original post had been found on Pinterest and shared with members of…

Let’s Get Started

I am following the challenge issued by Amy Johnson Crow to write about 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. A simple word, start, but start what? For me, it means starting my 2018 genealogy journey. I have decided that I will create a second genealogy book this year. The focus will be my maternal Stewart family.…

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! 2017 I…

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…