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I Am Sooo Going!!!

I just read my email and my Loyalist Trails came yesterday. There was an article in it about the 2010 Olympics and loyalist heritage. The article mentions an article in the Bicentennial Branch Newsletter by Ted Steele about the Doan family and some famous and infamous relations.

I was surprised to read the next article:

Doan Reunion and Aaron Doan UE Heritage Designation
The Port Colborne Heritage Committee will be honoring the name of Aaron Doan UE with a Heritage Designation and name change from Steele Cemetery to Doan Cemetery on Saturday July 10, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m. The Cemetery is located @ 2146 Second Concession Road, in the City of Port Colborne. This cemetery, which contains the family burial site, is on the original Crown Grant to Aaron Doan UE.
Doan descendants will be celebrating a family reunion on Sunday July 11, 2010 @ Bethel Community Centre, 2703 Chippawa Road, Port Colborne, Ontario. Family history information starting @ 10 a.m. with a pot luck lunch @ 12.00 noon.
If you need further information on the Doan Reunion or Cemetery Designation contact Jerry Fisher UE at 905-892-5477 email: jfisher14@cogeco.ca

It just so happens that we’ll be in the neighbourhood, we’re going camping in the Kawarthas for two weeks and we’ll be coming home that weekend, we’ll be within fifty miles of Port Colborne so I plan on attending the reunion. I’m hoping my cousin Judy will go too, she lives up there. It will be great to meet all of the family north of Essex County and share our family history.

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Congratulations To The FTM Fab 40 Blogs

I’d like to congratulate all of the blogs that made the Family Tree Magazine’s “Fab Fourty” list, they are all great blogs, “the cream of the crop”. And I would like to thank everyone that voted for the blogs, great choices!

FTM Fab Fourty blogs

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Happy Dancing

Hey, it’s Saturday Night (again), time for some Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver at Genea-musings!

Your mission, if you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Think of any number of genealogy events or moments that make you have a genealogy happy dance, an ah-ha moment, or a genea-gasm.

2) Tell us about them in a blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook.

My first happy dance was when I discovered that my surname had been changed by my great-grandfather and I finally found his family in the Niagara Twp. 1851 census. Before that I was starting to think he was an only child.

My second happy dance was when I discovered that my Haines ancestors were loyalists who were in the Butler’s Rangers.

My third happy dance was when I found my immigrant ancestors in the Plymouth Colony records kept by Wiliam Bradford.

My fourth happy dance was when I visited Doan’s Ridge Cemetery where the first Doans in Upper Canada are buried.

My fifth happy dance was when I visited Niagara-on-the-lake, and Fort George where my loyalist ancestors lived when they first came to Upper Canada.

My sixth happy dance was when I discovered my French-Canadian ancestors back to the early 1600’s in the Drouin Collection.

That was my first year, I could go on and on…

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GBWG 2010- Stonecipher Timeline

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GBWG 2010 – AN Update-Week 1

Well, it’s been a week now and the games are proceeding well. So far, I have a Platinum in the “Expand Your Knowledge” category and I’m working on my Platinum. I also have a Gold in the “Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness” and the”Write, Write, Write” categories as well.
I have been working behind the scenes as well on the first three categories, hoping to pick up at least a Gold in those events too.

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Josephte Desbiens – My Grandmother

My grandparents, Josephine and Bill Hines holding my brother and me,1959.

Josephte (Josephine) Desbiens was born on April 7, 1897 in Rochester, Essex County, Ontario but her first language was French. Her parents, John and Celina Tremblay Desbiens had only been in the province for seven years, having come from the Saint Jerome, P.Q. She lived in a predominately French-speaking area of the county, so she never learned to read or write more than a few words in English, but she spoke it fluently.

Josephine was the middle child, she had twelve siblings, three were born in Quebec, one sister died before her parents and maternal grandparents, Philias and Marie-Louise Dallaire Tremblay, came to this province. Josephine’s maternal grandfather died within the first year of arrival to Essex County,so she didn’t know him, but her grandmother lived next door all of her childhood.

Josephine married William Edgar Hines at the age of twenty and lived in the house that his father built until her husband’s death in 1977. Her five children were all born at home, and her second child, Evelyn, died from burns in a fire in the house.

My grandmother loved sewing and needle crafts, she was always working on embroidered pillowcases or crocheted doilies. She sewed her dresses, she always wore dresses, and always had an apron on, unless she was going to the dime store or the market, then she would take it off, but as soon as she got home, she put it back on. My grandmother never wore a pair of slacks until she was in her ’90s!

Josephine, my grandfather always called her Josie, loved gardening, always puttering in the flower garden, deadheading her roses, they always looked spectacular. She loved African Violets and wherever there was a window, there were pots of them, always full of blooms.

One peculiarity of hers was that, although being mild-mannered easy-going lady, she loved to watch wrestling. Every Saturday afternoon she would watch Bobo Brazil, the Sheik, Haystack Calhoun among others fight it out, her arms swinging with every punch, hollering up a storm. I think that’s the only times that I even heard my grandmother raise her voice.

Our family would go for Sunday dinner about once a month, and the whole family, all of my aunts and uncles and cousins would be there on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or any other special occasion. Grandma was a great cook, she would often cook wild game that my grandfather hunted. She could even make squirrel and raccoon taste great. One thing I loved was her date nut loaf, I don’t know what she did, but I can’t even come close to making it the way she did, but she didn’t use a recipe. I have never seen her with a cook book, she couldn’t read English anyway, she did all of her cooking and baking from memory.

My brother, sister and I would take turns with my cousins going to Grandma’s for the weekend, there were always grandchildren there. We would spend the week there in the summer-time. I don’t know what the attraction was, there were no toys to play with there, we would take a colouring book and crayons, but we didn’t do much colouring. There was a lawn swing in the back yard, but the back yard also bordered on the railroad tracks. My grandfather kept bees and he had beehives lined up across the back of the property and we weren’t to go near them, so we just sat on the swing watching the trains pass by. My grandmother didn’t let us play in the living room, unless we were watching TV. So we were restricted to the dining room and kitchen. We would go into the sewing room, but only when she was in there, otherwise it was off limits. So many rules.

I guess the attraction was my grandparents, just spending time with them, watching my grandmother doing her embroidery, helping in the kitchen, helping to hang the laundry on the clothesline, my grandmother chatting to the neighbours over the fence, watching my grandfather’s reactions while he was watching The Little Rascals, he really liked that show.

My grandparents didn’t come to my wedding, my grandfather was very ill and my grandmother stayed home to take care of him, but we did stop at their house after the wedding for a visit. My grandfather died the next spring and my grandmother moved in with my aunt, her oldest daughter, who was widowed.

There was a huge birthday party for her at the Moose Lodge for her 80th birthday, she got up was dancing around as spry as can be when the band played “Josephine”.
My sister had us over to her house for a barbecue a couple of years later, she invited grandma too, and she was running around playing Frisbee with my kids. My grandmother had been living with diabetes for years and later in her life, she developed cataracts and couldn’t see and didn’t go out much at all. She lived with my aunt until she died at the age of 97 on July 4, 1994.

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Follow Friday – Canadian Roots @ The Beaver

I subscribed to “The Beaver, Canada’s History Magazine” yesterday and discovered this site:

Canadian Roots@The Beaver is a social network like Genealogywise, but specifically for Canadian family history researchers. The site was created in 2008 by Tanya Hutter of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Anyone whose family is from Canada, lives in Canada, had ancestors who lived in or passed through Canada, had loyalist family members who came to Canada, or are interested in Canadian history will find this site useful.

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GBWG 2010- 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy- Week 7

My grandparents’ house in Essex.


I have chosen my great-grandfather’s and grandfather’s home on Arthur Ave. in Essex, Ontario, Canada for this exercise. My great-grandfather,John Hines, and my granduncle, Wm. John (John) Hines built this house when they first came to Essex, prior to the railway explosion of 1907. Like many houses in town at the time, the foundation was moved and the walls were no longer square. My grandfather Wm. Edgar (Bill) lived in this house from the day he was married until the day he died, 60 years later, in 1977.

From this view, the garage is not visible, but it was built by my grandfather entirely from used railroad ties. He and his father worked for the railroad all their lives.

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My Surnames – Word clouds – WordItOut

My Surnames – Word clouds – WordItOut

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GBWG 2010 – AN Update

I’m off to a slow start, Valentine’s Day was a washout, I was too busy. I have 1 citation for “Go Back and Cite Your Sources”, I need to get this done anyway, this event gives me some incentive. I have a bad habit of adding Media to my RM4 program and not taking the time to fill in the Sources form at the same time.

I have started a few posts in draft for the “Write, Write, Write” event. I have already made an About Me and Surname page before the games began, so I will have to think of something else for that task.

I am gathering my hard copies together and organizing my folders on my computer for “Organize Your Research”. I have to move my NP archive clippings to one folder, I have them three different places right now.

After the folders are organized I’ll back them up on my external HD. I plan to scan my hard copies and photos onto DVD and my external HD for the “Back Up Your Research” event.
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In the “Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness” event, I’ve helped a fellow Twitterer with a census look-up for parents’ names and was contacted on Facebook by message about how our families were connected, I sent an obit to her, she was happy because her grandfather was named in the obit.

“In the Expand Your Knowledge” event, I am going to make an “I Remember” page today for my niece, who passed away last March.

I’ll step up the pace today and hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up for the rest of the games.

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