Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Value of a Sewing Machine in Chickens

The 20th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Textile Our family tree is rich with pioneer history. From the United Empire Loyalists (the Springer, Sumner, Fairchild lines) who fled north of the 49th parallel to homestead the untamed lands of the Talbot … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Value of a Sewing Machine in Chickens

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Short One on Shortbread

The 19th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Food and Drink For some time I’ve been eyeing a handwritten recipe for my Scottish great grandmother, Jane (Robson) Gordon’s shortbread. It’s one I inherited after my granny Alice, her daughter, died in 1994. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Short One on Shortbread

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Treasured Service Records

The 17th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Document In our family archives we’re fortunate to have many documents that speak to the service and sacrifice of my great uncle, Sergeant Archibald Don Gordon, who was killed during World War II. The … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Treasured Service Records

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

The 16th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Negatives ~*~ Too much of life already lost.Too many memoriesTrapped I know notWhere.Locked away.Hard times?Of course, but happyTimes obscuredThere, too. WhyConsider more of this?Why engage in theSabotage of a memoryAlready crying forThe lost and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Name?

The 15th in a series of posts about my family tree Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: How do you spell that? What’s in a name? This is a loaded question. To begin with how about correct spelling? One of the greatest frustrations when attempting to shed light on the … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Name?

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Born for the Stage

The 14th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Check it out! We’re at week 14 of this 52-week ancestral adventure and already it’s proven quite a ride. Unearthing old stories and solving family mysteries is all part of the fun, of course, and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Born for the Stage

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Love Match

The 12th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Joined Together It was the beginning of a 60-year love match when, in June 1870, 24-year-old Henry Belton (1846-1931) of London, Ontario, wed his sweetheart, Mary-Jane Crouse (1850-1932), the 20-year-old daughter of William D. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Love Match

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Memories of Flowers

The 11th in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Flowers My first true memory of flowers stems from when I was six years old. It was 1968. My younger brother, James, and I lived with granny Alice (Gordon) McDonall in Westlock, Alberta for … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Memories of Flowers

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Celebration of Ancestral Matriarchs

The ninth in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Females It’s an odd sort of truth but a truth nevertheless that vulnerability and strength are not mutually exclusive. In fact, to demonstrate strength one must accept the possibility of being harmed or at … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Celebration of Ancestral Matriarchs