Past Tense

Ancestry 101 / Gibson / George Gibson

George Gibson was born on September 10, 1879, in Great Doddington, Wellingborough, Northampton to parents John and Emma Gibson (nee Thompson). As mentioned in my post on Teresa, he (they) were married in August 17, 1908 and made their way quickly to Canada. This is a photo of the couple in 1914: While his son […]

Bert Lee / WWII RCAF pilot instructor

Bert enlisted in the RCAF on March 10, 1942, and was honourably  discharged (transferred to reserve) on February 28, 1945 (so his term was almost exactly 3 years). I have no record of what he did for the first 5 months, but wikipedia suggests that there was a 26 or 28 week basic training program, […]

Ancestry 101 / Lee / Hannah Mary

Hannah Mary McKay was born  in 1879 in Pictou, Nova Scotia (parents Roderick and Janet nee Smith).  First daughter (after 3 sons). She had two younger sisters (1883 and 1889), and two younger brothers. As the oldest daughter, I believe she is in following photo (at the bottom): The women on the left is her […]

Ancestry 101 / McKay / Roderick and Janet

Roderick and Janet (nee Smith) McKay,  taken sometime in the early 1900’s.  They were both born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1837 and 1846 respectively.  They were married on August 26, 1872 (as per an Ancestry.com post, I don’t have any source records). They had eight children….James W (1873), Henry J (1875), Howard E(1877), Mary […]

the LEE branch…..

The earliest I have been able to trace the LEE line is to Thomas and Mary Lee,  whose son Henry was born October 22, 1806, in Bishops Stortford.  The only information I have on Thomas/Mary is a reference on baptism record for Henry. Henry married Susanne Phillips on July 21, 1833,  at St Michaels Church.  They moved to […]

Family Tree

I called this post ‘Family Tree’, but I decided NOT to show the parent/child links as a graphical tree. Instead, the lists below show ‘Father ——- Mother’  pairs, listed under the male surname, each succeeding level going back one generation.  To follow the female descent, scroll to the mother’s surname (***see MOMSNAME). Basically, showing this […]

Ancestry 101 / Fossey Gibson / Teresa

The girl in the lower right hand corner is Teresa Fossey, my grandmother on my mother’s side. She was born in 1880 in Northampton, and married my grandfather George Gibson on August 17, 1908. Canadian passenger ship records indicate they arrived in Quebec (from Liverpool) on the Empress of Britain on August 27, 1908. only […]