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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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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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.