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.

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.

How to Find Out if You're Related to a WWI Veteran

Lesley Anderson | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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 survey revealed one in three Canadians has no idea whether they had an ancestor who fought in the First World War.

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.

Celebrating the Mothers In My Family Tree

Lesley Anderson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

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 can really prove helpful, especially marriage records.

What Your Last Name Can Tell You About Your Ancestors

Lesley Anderson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Have you ever thought about your last name and where it might have come from? It's hard for us today to believe that there was a time, not that long ago, when many people didn't have a last name. So, where did last names come from, and were they assigned or randomly selected? In fact, there are a number of ways your ancestors might have first acquired the surname you currently use.

If You Can't Warm Your Toes This February, Warm Your Heart

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues, take a look at the circumstances that surrounded the marriages of your ancestors and discover what kind of lives they lived with their spouses. You could find a love story that warms your heart, if not your toes, this winter. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

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.

How to Find the Military Heroes in Your Family

Lesley Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

The best place to start your family history journey is with information you already have: write down what you know and talk to family members. Create an online family tree: Begin with yourself and add your parents and grandparents. Record each person's name, birthplace, birth date, death place and death date. If you don't know the exact information, take your best guess.