1. When did you first start working on your family history?

I started as a child going on trips to Bruce County Ontario to visit a great-aunt and checked out the graveyards.
Next, as a teenager, I went to the Family History Library while my mother volunteered. She sat me down in front of a microfilm reader with a list of names to look for.

2. What was your most surprising discovery?

At college I began to research my father’s maternal French Canadian line.
It was so exciting for me 30 years ago when I found out that I was related to the first three land owners of Canada.

3. Have you done a DNA test? Were there any surprises about countries of origins?

I have done a DNA test. There were no surprises, which was good and bad because I was hoping it would help me with the other side of my father’s paternal line. My grandmother never told my father who his father was. I have his adopted father’s genealogy.

4. What is the brick wall you would most like to break down in your family history?

I am hoping that my DNA will help me connect with this blood line.
And then there is my Irish family …

5. What is your favourite part of researching your family history?

Solving a little brick wall or a big brick wall is good but I love learning my family’s life history and the history of the area where they lived.

Speaker Spotlight: Lianne Kruger