- 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.