Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats

Yum-yum CROW! We here, must admit to publishing two doses of bad data. They have been corrected on their respective posts “Our Anecdotal Jewishness” and “Alexander Ancestry: The Great Wall of Margaret” We can be acutely aware of an underlying hazard that might lead to reading an item incorrectly and go on to perceive it … Continue reading Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats

Our Anecdotal Jewishness

Dad did a family history with intent to cover his, and our mother’s ancestry.1 He wrote mostly of his memories, but hired professional genealogists to document what came before. They outright failed his father-in-law on our Scots side, understandably, for the reason that made him subject of “Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness”.2 They equally failed … Continue reading Our Anecdotal Jewishness

Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret

Here are four generations behind Margaret Naysmith Hemmingsen, born Alexander (1891-1979). She was our Granny, and her own stories appear in our "Memories" section.  This chapter will close on one whose joys were stabbed by misery, who, nonetheless, conducted a memorable well-led life.  This embraces 1760 Ireland and Scotland to 1911 Canada. Granny’s generation was … Continue reading Alexander Ancestry; the Great Wall of Margaret

Robert McArthur and Mary Hay Gray: Migrations, Catastrophe and Triumph

My father’s passion was his work; my mother’s, her homemaking.  They took delight in each other’s passion, and shared the joy of family. They were successful in many directions and highly traveled. They wasted no time. Wherever we dwelt, Mum created a gorgeous garden.  She was very lean but could show bicep, honed through tennis, … Continue reading Robert McArthur and Mary Hay Gray: Migrations, Catastrophe and Triumph

Hemmingsen-Mathisdatter: Mathisen-Hemmingsdatter

This new blog category, "Before Memories" is dedicated to those ancestors my generation never met - generally, those before our grandparents. Grandparents and later, will continue under "Memories" Paternal lines, Hemmingsen -Mathisdatter and Alexander-Baxter will be posted here; our maternal line, McArthur-Gray, as well. Except that, Grandad Dickson's lines will continue to be doubly discussed … Continue reading Hemmingsen-Mathisdatter: Mathisen-Hemmingsdatter

The British Columbia Logger’s Girl in Newfoundland

The preceding two posts discussed Dad’s change of job, which was the reason we moved from our  remote logging camp in Port Renfrew, BC to the big town of Corner Brook, NL.1 That was the late 1940s; we remained in Newfoundland until shortly after its Confederation with Canada. This is the tale of our three … Continue reading The British Columbia Logger’s Girl in Newfoundland

Another Researcher Poses Data Challenge #1

The key to John might be Jane. That is our hope; so far, the ploy has come up short. Now, had you read “Imagining Genealogy from a Deathbed Rant” you’d know that John Kelly was likely our biological great grandfather. Born in the US 1859, or so, he vanished from Scotland after registering his non-wedlock … Continue reading Another Researcher Poses Data Challenge #1


        Government classified our Hemmingsen-Cameron logging operation in Port Renfrew BC, including its management, as “essential” to the Allied war effort.1 That was due to export of the very finest Sitka Spruce to the UK, where it became a component of certain bombers. After the war, the company was sold to British … Continue reading NEWFOUNDLAND: LOGGING PRE and POST CONFEDERATION

REDIRECTING “MEMORIES”: Oldfoundpeople and Newfoundland

The category “Memories” on this blog has covered my early years in our logging camp at Port Renfrew, British Columbia, circa 1940.   That era was captured in a series of posts named “From The Logging Camps” that were drawn from a scrapbook my father constructed for me, in 2000. He called it “Forest Regeneration”.  … Continue reading REDIRECTING “MEMORIES”: Oldfoundpeople and Newfoundland

Imagining Genealogy Fairly

Oh. We meant imagining genealogy “Fairlie”. You see, had you read a preceding post here, “Imagining Genealogy from a Death Bed Rant” then you’d know we had been unfairly stymied by Jane Carroll. Jane repeatedly claimed birth in Scotland about 1861, including at her last available census, that of 1911, when she was fifty. 1 Still, we … Continue reading Imagining Genealogy Fairly