11 December 2021
Great Moments in Genealogy
Mary-Lou Simac / Dianne Brydon
Finding a Great-Grandfather: A Story of Mistakes and Omissions
One of Mary-Lou’s great-grandfathers immigrated to Canada from England sometime between 1871 and 1881, the last of her ancestors to arrive in Canada. So, finding him in passenger lists and other records should have been relatively easy, right? Not so fast! Mary-Lou will describe the mistakes, omissions and oversights by various parties along the way, and the lucky event that led to her finally discovering the circumstances of his arrival in Canada.
Mine! Mine! Mine!
Following a death, it’s a sad occurrence when family members fight over the estate. For a family historian, the legal wranglings provide a goldmine of information about family members and often the wider community. Dianne Brydon will tell us about the litigious Guild family in 1795 Tranent Scotland, who challenged their youngest brother’s inheritance, using testimony from business partners and neighbours, anonymous letters, and cooked books.