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