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…

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…

What’s In a Picture? Untold Stories of Our Ancestors

That moment… When it comes to family history, nothing beats that moment when you finally get to see a picture of an ancestor you have been researching for years.  It’s a bit like when you exchange emails or chat with someone by phone, and then finally get to meet them in person.  They never really look the way you picture…