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What are the hidden roots of your family tree? Is your history really as black and white as you believe? In the spirit of the ghost and ghouls season, here is a bare-bone guide for uncovering your family secrets this Halloween.
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A story that always struck me growing up was that of my great-grandmother Florence Crofts whose mother died when she was just five. She was sent to live with her grandparents at Windwhistle Farm in Grassmoor, a little village close to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.
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With Valentine's Day around the corner, people everywhere are scrambling to figure out a special way to show their loved one they care. If you're looking for a unique way of expressing affection to that special someone in your life, why not try something out of the ordinary.
There's one thing in common between the eating habits of our ancestors: no one counted carbs or fat. They simply ate the foods that were natural to their environment and experienced remarkable health. Living under these conditions for thousands of years led to genetic changes in each group that were then passed on to you and I.
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Said Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it's because they're always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." It's a reminder that legacy-building shouldn't wait.
I feel very proud to say that I had an ancestor who fought in the war and returned to Canada as a veteran. I am sometimes astounded at how many Canadians don't know about their family's military contributions. In fact, a recent Ancestry.ca survey revealed one in three Canadians has no idea whether they had an ancestor who fought in the First World War.
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Everyone remembers what their favourite cereal was growing up - for me, it was always Quaker Oats. When I was a child eating my oatmeal at the breakfast table before school, I never could have imagine...
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People may have countless old treasures hidden away in their attics or basements with incredible stories behind them, just waiting to be discovered. In fact, I started researching my family history because of an old tin trunk that belonged to my grandmother, Florence Crofts.
This Halloween I've been looking at some of the creepiest ghost stories in Canada's communities and since we have recently moved house, I was inspired to investigate my own neighbourhood of Stittsville, Ontario. There are a few historic buildings still standing and I wondered about the people who had lived there and if there were any "ghost stories" that I could uncover.
Fall is my absolute favourite time of year. The leaves begin to turn and the heat of the summer (such as it was!) fades to cooler days. Kids are settling into school and everyone starts to get back in...
Travelling to new places with your family can be a great chance to discover the world. Your family can explore world history, museums and monuments, meet new people and experience new cultures. To take your vacation experience to the next level, why not use your family vacation time to experience another kind of history -- your own!
Mother's Day is a wonderful time of year to think about the women in our family tree. But searching for them can sometimes prove difficult. This is where historical records such as those on Ancestry.ca can really prove helpful, especially marriage records.