Alan Campbell

107 posts

Not Quite Riding Off Into the Sunset

Not Quite Riding Off Into the Sunset Hold on, riding off into the sunset? Yes, this represents my last blog post for Ontario Ancestors. After much reflection, I have decided to end my role as blogger for The Society. Why? you say. In my blog post, Handing on Family History Stories and Artifacts to the Next Generation, posted August 25, 2017, I wrote, “About a year ago my wife stopped at the door of my office and said something that […]


Museums, Libraries and Archives in Proximity to Hamilton, Ontario

As has been my practice for the last two Ontario Ancestors Conferences, I created this blog to let researchers from “away” know about archives,libraries and museums around Hamilton, Ontario, the site of the 2020 Ontario Ancestors Conference scheduled for June 5-7. I have tried, with the help of local experts, to note those that might have records or artifacts that may be of value to a genealogist. In the event that the Ontario Ancestors Conference is cancelled, you will be […]


Where Were My Parents? – The National Registration in Canada in 1940

  Although I attended Terry Schwan’s presentation “How I Broke Through a Brick Wall Using the National Registration of 1940” at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference at London, Ontario, I did not at that time seek copies of my parents’ registrations. I was not in Terry’s position as I did not feel that any information contained in their registrations would break any brick walls for me. Fast forward to the 23rd of February 2020 and Candice McDonald’s post Researching 20th […]


A Stalwart Pioneer Woman- Martha Rachel (Bolton) Atkey

  This blog was written in celebration of International Women’s Day, a celebration that should encompass more than one day or a month. Although difficult to do at times, I like to build the stories of the women in my ancestral lines. Part of this blog post is taken from my essay, Atkey, Martha Rachel (Bolton), written for inclusion in the book Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan, published by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society in 2009. A Stalwart Pioneer Woman- Martha Rachel […]


Taking In Another Genealogical Society’s Meeting

  About the time that you are reading this blog post our Delta flight out of Fort Myers, Florida, will be touching down at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Mild exercise and shuffleboard play replaced a hectic month of getting the March Lambton Lifeline [Lambton County Branch’s newsletter] out and conducting family research for the Petrolia Heritage Committee. I took advantage of being in a new locale by attending a meeting of the Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc. of Fort Myers, Florida. […]


No Valentines but Wedding Ceremony Notices Are Plentiful

  I had planned to write about the older Valentine cards that I had in my collection of memorabilia but I discovered that they were birthday cards instead. Since Valentine’s Day cards and events often lead to marriage I decided instead to indulge you with newspaper records of wedding ceremonies found during my research. This report of a wedding came from the Manitoba Free Press 10 May of 1882: “Minnedosa Another of those happy events, the joining in the “holy […]