Author: Alan Campbell

Remembrance Day, November 11th-Remembering the Sacrifices

November 11th is the “official” time to remember those who sacrificed their lives on the field of battle, returned home ill, or gave up a chunk of their lives for the freedom that Canadians enjoy…

Filling in the Gaps in my English Pedigree

I recently ordered three death registrations related to my Atkey line who lived on the Isle of Wight, England. This time I ordered a death registration for Ann (Yelf) Atkey because the first time I…

Lack of Privacy and How it Helps Genealogists

Uploading blog posts on the second and fourth Fridays of the month would not seem to be an onerous task. But when you are forced into going car shopping because a rear end accident totals…

Celebrate British Home Child Day- Write about the British Home Children in Your Family Lines

September 28, 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of British Home Children on the shores of Canada. This blog post “re-celebrates” the British Home Children I found in a collateral line. I enjoy…

Recording My Own Story

I finally accepted the challenge. After listening to Steven Young, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer with FamilySearch, talk about writing your story at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference banquet at London, Ontario, memories of events in…

Vacationing, A City Directory Success and “Mining” Census Records

This blog post comes to you from a valley of the Maitland River. We are camped near Auburn, Huron County, Ontario. I find it interesting to travel through the areas in which collateral ancestors used…

Using City Directories in Your Genealogical Research

I was pleased to see that the first “round” of digitized Vernon City Directories, part of the initiative to digitize all of the Vernon city directories via a partnership of Ontario Ancestors, Familysearch.org and Library…

One Family One World Conference and More Family History Research

Although I mention attendance at genealogical/family history workshops both in person and online in my blog posts, I don’t make a habit of “advertising” educational events other than our own Ontario Ancestors yearly Conference. I…

Straying Back to Genealogical Research in Ontario

Just as I was approaching the end of my research for my revised Campbell family book I had the urge to temporarily abandon it and begin work again on my Bolton family history book. I…

Genealogical Reflection Prior to the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference

As the facilitator for the Ask a Genealogist program at the 2019 Ontario Ancestors Conference in London, Ontario, I have come to realize that my genealogical “black holes” pale in comparison to those of other…