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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Hillman, Steele, May, McKay, Thomas, Peckham, Shoemaker, Turner
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Canada, England, Scotland, United States
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
B.A., M.A., Canadian History
specialist in Ontario
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The Home Guard - Part 2

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 8:14am 0 Comments

From “The London Free Press and Daily Western Advertiser” June 11, 1866.

As was seen in part one of the “Home Guard” the boys are fully trained and ready to go.

Corner of Dundas and Richmond Streets, under a gas lamp, 3 am.

“To the Captain commanding Home Guards - Formed my troops in square of the rendezyous . Told them London expected every man to do his duty. Threw out skirmishers into the back yards and dark doorways. Marched with the main body under my own immediate… Continue

The Home Guard

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:04pm 0 Comments

This excerpt from “The London Free Press and Daily Western Advertiser” June 11, 1866. It reads to a 21st century critic as if it was straight out of Monty Python. It’s ofnone man’s tale of service in the London, Ontario, Home Guard during the Fenian Raids. In fact, just after as the Battle of Ridgeway is over, and at this point, most of the Fenians that fought at Ridgeway are in the custody of the U.S. Army.

“I’ve joined the Home Guard, Sir, Editor, I would have volunteered and gone… Continue

Veterans Week (Nov 5th to Nov 11th)

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 1:59pm 0 Comments

The theme of Veteran’s Week this year is “How Will You Remember”.

The Library and Archives Canada has put on their website "Welcome to Canada at War: a Guide to Library and Archives Canada Recalling the Canadian War Experience".

For information on the role that the Canadian military played during the Second World War, please go to the virtual exhibit called Faces of War at a… Continue

Ontario Genealogical Contest

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 7:03am 0 Comments

John D. Reid in his blog “Anglo-Celtic Connections” (Sept.24, 2009) outlined a two new essay competitions by the Ontario Genealogical Society aimed at young people.

The Dr. Don Brearley Genealogical Essay Prize is open to secondary school students in grades 11 and 12. For this, the first year, it is open to Toronto District School Board students only. In future years it will be available to students in other Ontario school boards. Submission deadline is February 26, 2010.

The… Continue

Saturday Night Genealogical Fun

Posted on September 20, 2009 at 9:42am 0 Comments

From Randy Seaver’s “Genea-Musings” is Saturday Night Genealogical Fun. Divide your father’s age by four and round off the number. Find the ancestor in your pedigree chart that has been assigned that number.

Father is 89 and still alive. Divide his age by 4 = 22.

22 on pedigree chart(Legacy 7.0) is Hugh Hillman (born sometime in 1844 in Upper Canada to John Hillman and Isabella May. Died 6 Mar. 1894 Rodney, Ontario). He was my grandfather’s uncle. Married Sarah Campbell(9… Continue

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