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Lesley Anderson

Genealogist, Content Specialist at Ancestry.ca

Lesley Anderson has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for more than 35 years (yes she was a teenager!) and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting and doing research for others. She is well known for her genealogy classes and her “field trips” to various archives and libraries. You can find Lesley on the 2nd or 3rd floors of the Library and Archives Canada, researching for clients and working for Ancestry.ca.
All Canadians Have A Connection To The Battle Of Vimy

All Canadians Have A Connection To The Battle Of Vimy Ridge

On April 9, 1917, 100,000 Canadian soldiers fought at Vimy and 3,598 of those died -- the most Canadian deaths recorded in the war. A century later, it appears many have forgotten their sacrifice. Worse still, many like me (until recently) don't even know they have a link to the battle.
04/07/2017 04:12 EDT
Mead Is The Delicious Dram Behind Your Honeymoon's Sweet

Mead Is The Delicious Dram Behind Your Honeymoon's Sweet Name

It was believed that if the couple drank the honey-based mead on a regular basis throughout the first moon of their marriage it would bring them luck and fertility. More specifically, drinking the mead allegedly ensured that the woman would become pregnant within their first year of marriage.
08/17/2016 02:50 EDT
The Story Of How I Found My Family's Historic

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

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.
04/18/2016 04:05 EDT
How To Rewrite Love This Valentine's

How To Rewrite Love This Valentine's Day

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.
02/10/2016 12:06 EST
How to Find Out if You're Related to a WWI

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

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.
05/14/2015 06:03 EDT
Passing Down My Family Holiday Baking

Passing Down My Family Holiday Baking Traditions

For me the holidays are all about family traditions. One of my favourite holiday memories growing up is the warm smell of cookies baking in the oven. Now that I have children and grandchildren of my own, it has become my recipe as well and my daughters are now baking them too, passing the tradition down even further.
12/19/2014 05:25 EST
Treasure the Heirlooms in Your Family

Treasure the Heirlooms in Your Family Tree

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.
11/28/2014 05:42 EST
The Real People Behind Canada's Most Famous Ghost

The Real People Behind Canada's Most Famous Ghost Stories

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.
10/31/2014 06:19 EDT
Spend the Summer in Your Family

Spend the Summer in Your Family Tree

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.
07/23/2014 05:53 EDT
How to Put the 'Family' Back in Family

How to Put the 'Family' Back in Family Vacation

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!
06/04/2014 12:16 EDT
Celebrating the Mothers In My Family

Celebrating the Mothers In My Family Tree

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.
05/01/2014 05:53 EDT
What Your Last Name Can Tell You About Your

What Your Last Name Can Tell You About Your Ancestors

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.
04/01/2014 05:30 EDT
If You Can't Warm Your Toes This February, Warm Your

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

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.
02/22/2014 10:00 EST
Root for Your Ancestors During the 2014 Olympic

Root for Your Ancestors During the 2014 Olympic Games

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?
01/25/2014 08:23 EST
Explore Your Family History This Holiday

Explore Your Family History This Holiday Season

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.
12/21/2013 08:48 EST