I have been researching my family’s history since I was 7 years old. I think it started when my brother was born and I attended my first funeral all in the same summer. I started asking questions about why some people attended the funeral and some did not and about how people were connected and related.
After the funeral we were given certain items that had belonged to Grandma Davy. Technically she was my step great grandmother Davy since she was the second wife of my great grandfather. Two of the items that intrigued me was a book about JFK and a book about the Davy family the funeral home gave the family. In the back of the Davy book was a list of all the people with the last name Davy living in Canada at the time. For a 7 year old this list of possible relatives was very cool. So began all my questions. What are your parents names (I wanted full names with correct spelling)? Where were you born? Where did you live? What’s were their parent’s names? Where did they get married? etc etc.
During these interrogations (I was persistant) I realized my Grandpa Foreman wasn’t from here like everyone else in my family. He came from the UK! Out came maps so I could see where he had been born. This started a whole other line of questioning. Do you have brothers and sisters? How come they haven’t come to visit? Why can’t we go visit? Unfortunately once my grandfather left Wales in 1927 he never saw any of his family ever again. I can’t even imagine that. At least my Grandmother corresponded with a couple of his younger sisters and when they passed on, with their daughters. I am still in contact with them now along with other family members I’ve since found online.
In school there were a few times we were asked to put together a family tree as a project. Each time I was able to find out more information and ask more questions. There are still so many things I don’t know and I wish now that I had asked before people passed away.
In the late 90’s, I discovered www.ancestry.ca and started my family tree online. When I got married in 2006 I added my spouse and started researching his family. The fun thing now is also adding new generations as people have babies and get married, not necessarily in that order. I love getting messages from others who are interested in the same surnames as I am. I get at least one message a week from all over the world.
First 4 generations of Surnames I am researching in my tree: Foreman, Hathaway, Davy, Wilton, Carmichael, Smith, Perrin, Marsh, Marshman, Whitrow, Down, Wakefield, Horton, Harvey, Tuffin
First 4 generations of Surnames I am researching in John’s tree: Bobier, Ostrander, Binks, Mizon, Lunn, Smith, Evans, Clunas, McLaws, Wooden, Abbott, Moore, Barnes, Matthews, Boreham, Skinner
If you are also researching these surnames, please get in contact with me. firstname.lastname@example.org