Roots in Sarnia Lambton? Check Out the Lambton County Archives!

Lambton County Archives Recently, I have been blogging about my Great Grandparents who immigrated from England to Canada in the summer of 1923. They sailed for Canada only two weeks after they were married, and decided to make Sarnia, Ontario their new home. Their names were Sidney Harris and Emily Violet May Wickens and their…

Sidney & Emily Violet May Harris: Return to Clapham (1936-1938)

Sidney and Emily Violet May Harris In my last blog post I wrote about how my Great Grandparents immigrated from England to Canada in 1923.  Sidney Harris and Emily Violet May Wickens were married in the Parish of St. Paul, in a district of south London, England called Herne Hill.  They would immigrate to Canada…

Sidney Harris & Emily Violet May Wickens: From Clapham to Sarnia in 1923

Sidney Harris and Emily Violet May Wickens This is a picture of my Great Grandparents Sidney Harris and Emily Violet May Wickens on a beach in Brighton, England.  I’m told they had made a voice recording that day, which has unfortunately long since been lost. Youthful and smiling in this picture, Sidney and Emily were…

Three On Motor Cycle: “Smiling” Defendant Who Was “Lucky He Did Not Get Three Months”

Not a smiling matter Do you have any ancestors who ran into trouble with the law or did anything rebellious?  Chances are good you will find at least one in your family tree!  One of my favorite stories appeared in the Northern Whig and Belfast Post on Wednesday, September 2, 1931.  The subject of the…

Frederick James Elms (1873-1941): What One Picture Taught Me About My Family & the Battle of Jutland

Frederick James Elms I was recently given a number of old black and white family photos by my mother, who is in the process of moving to a smaller home.  For anyone with an interest in family history, receiving a collection of old pictures is always a bit of a thrill.  While I had seen…

We Remember: Private Edward Adams (1890-1916)

My Military Ancestor Challenge Today I came across a challenge issued by genealogy blogger Patricia Greber to honour our military ancestors in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.  Patricia’s challenge motivated me to write a blog post about one of my own ancestors who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.  I…

32 Cullingtree Street: A Snapshot of Life in Early 20th Century Belfast

Broadening the search Lately I have been broadening my research to include ancestors on the far edges of my family tree.  It’s amazing how this practice can provide rich detail about the places and times in which they lived. Places like Belfast’s Cullingtree Street.  A small street once located near the city’s centre, Cullingtree Street…

A Tragic Occurrence: Ralph Havelock Harrison (1894-1918)

Ralph Havelock Harrison Ralph Havelock Harrison was helping a visitor to unhitch his team when an accident involving one of the horses led to his sudden and untimely death.  He was performing an act that he had probably completed countless times before when the unthinkable happened.  What made this occurrence all the more tragic was…

The Pioneers of Grey County: Martha Lawrence (1800-1902)

Martha Lawrence When it comes to family history, obituaries offer a fascinating look into the lives of our ancestors.  They can provide a perspective that is rarely matched by other types of documents and records. This is certainly true in the case of my 3x Great Grandmother, Martha Lawrence (nee Farrar). I think part of what makes Martha’s obituary so…

Pioneers of Grey County: William Lawrence (1836-1921)

William Lawrence As a follow up to My People Came From Wicklow: The Lawrence Experience of 1848, I decided to dedicate a series of blog posts to explore how the children of John Lawrence and Martha Farrar fared after the family immigrated to Grey County, Ontario in the early 1850’s.  The subject of this blog post…