Family History

This Halloween, Unearth The Skeletons In Your Family's Closet

Lesley Anderson | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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.

The Story Of How I Found My Family's Historic Home

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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.

24 Questions You Should Ask Your Parents, While You Can

Amy Gibson | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

As weeks, months and years fly by, we are all missing opportunities to talk about real things -- important things -- with our parents. There are things that only they can answer or explain. Sadly, the reality is that when they pass, many of those answers, explanations and stories will go with them. So why are we wasting time? Why don't we ask them the questions that would explain events that shaped them, decisions they made and important lessons they learned? Questions that would yield new insights, understanding and compassion... for people we think we know so well?

How To Rewrite Love This Valentine's Day

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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.

Don't Wait to Preserve Your Legacy

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.18.2016 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

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.

How I Ensured My Father's Story Would Live for Generations to Come

Robb Lucy | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

I saw my father cry twice. The first time was just after my mother died. The next time was when I was gathering the stories of his WWII experiences, because I didn't want them to go away. I spent two years gathering my father's stories -- do you know someone whose story you'd hate to disappear?

How My Childhood Breakfast Connected Me To My Ancestors

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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 breakfa...

Treasure the Heirlooms in Your Family Tree

Lesley Anderson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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.

Put Some Colour into Your Family Tree This Fall

Lesley Anderson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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 settl...

You'll Be Amazed By What You Can Find Out About Your First World War Ancestors

Lesley Anderson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada
Lesley Anderson

Digging into my own family tree I discovered the story of one woman, my husband's Great Aunt Dorothy Quantrill, better known as Dolly, who lived in England. She had written a letter which intrigued me because it contained some surprising information.

Spend the Summer in Your Family Tree

Lesley Anderson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

For me, family history was always a great summer activity for the whole family, especially on rainy days or quiet evenings after a day of basking in the sun. Researching your family history and building your family tree is a way for kids to learn about where they come from. It also allows you to do something meaningful with your time and create memories that last a lifetime.

Root for Your Ancestors During the 2014 Olympic Games

Lesley Anderson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

The Winter Olympics in Sochi is just around the corner, and like most Canadians I am looking forward to cheering on Canada's team members. While we have a lot of medal hopefuls, the reality is that I love all the Olympic sports, even those with no Canadians competing. So I have dilemma, who should I cheer for in those circumstances?

Explore Your Family History This Holiday Season

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians will spend this holiday season with at least two generations of their family. With all this time spent together, it's nice to have fun projects to collaborate on. A fun one could be building your family tree and looking in to your past.

Want a Cancer Screening? You May Be Denied

Alan Katz | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada
Alan Katz

This week saw a U.S. recommendation that PSA screening for prostate cancer should no longer be routine care for men at average risk. The evidence, in other words, has spoken. So, many are now asking the question: if doctors are no longer supposed to screen in certain populations for two of the most common cancers, is the age of medical screening over?

Looking Into The Past To Discover Military Ancestry

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Researching a family's military history used to be a real challenge, but as more and more paper archives go digital and are transferred to the interne...