The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

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This journey is dedicated to our ancestors. It passes through this blog of three components. The first invites reader questions on persons or families covered in the book, or on the conduct of its research and conclusions reached. The book, “Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness” is featured under the "Home" tab. It is a true … Continue reading The Journey Begins

From the logging camps (6)

"Port Renfrew - 50 Years Later" completes the scrapbook made for me, by my father, John Oliver Hemmingsen. He called it "Forest Regeneration".1 Previous posts covered much of the book. This part accounts for a trip Dad made to the area with Uncle Bob, and my older brother John,  in 1990.  For some time by … Continue reading From the logging camps (6)

Genealogy Imagined From a Deathbed Rant, With an Imposter, On Yonder Sea

  DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 1, Addenda 3-5 RECAP: SCENES FROM CHAPTER SIXTEEN Jane was not related to us. Her own complexities, though, continued to intrigue after the book was written, such that we hunted new detail.  We first met her in 1891, in Renton Dunbartonshire (DNB), as an adult; a widow. We … Continue reading Genealogy Imagined From a Deathbed Rant, With an Imposter, On Yonder Sea

From The Logging Camps (5)

This continues the scrapbook Dad made for me about Port Renfrew, BC entitled “Forest Regeneration”.  (ca 1939-1940). 1      Earlier posts described our family life in this remote spot on Vancouver Island as was topical on Dad's pages one and two. This is from page 2 and begins the discussion of  camp operations and … Continue reading From The Logging Camps (5)

Writing Genealogy: Use Your Ancestor’s Idiom: If From Logging Camps, of West Central Scots, or Otherwise

Scrap bins and scrapbooks. Hmm. Words, like items can be scrapped. Or, they evolve. Heirlooms, they are! Under this blogs’ button “Memories” is a discussion on the subset “From the logging camps.” There, one will find the steamer, “Princess Maquinna”, the tugboat “Fairbanks”, several steam locomotives, the “Shay”, “Steam Donkey”, “Speeder” and logging train tracks. … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Use Your Ancestor’s Idiom: If From Logging Camps, of West Central Scots, or Otherwise

From the logging camps (4)

This completes the discussion about PG 1 of Pop’s scrapbook that was featured prior (in larger print) , in “From the Logging Camps (3)”. 1 Pop wrote that our residence in the early 1940s at Camp 2, Port Renfrew, BC, was 10 miles up the railway that began at the mouth of the San Juan … Continue reading From the logging camps (4)

Read Along With Me: Priceless Images for Scottish Genealogy

“Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness” (DG) sought the double identity of two adopted boy cousins, who were not biologically related. Along with other puzzles, that is. It has a handful and half,  of data images.  Sometimes whimsical, it has just one picture; “Heriot Row”, Edinburgh, Scotland, as depicted on the cover.1 The boys were both … Continue reading Read Along With Me: Priceless Images for Scottish Genealogy

Maquinna: Calling on the Way Stops of Life

The intention here, was to present a particular picture of Princess Maquinna.  After all, she had been referenced in the prior three posts, on this part of the blog. This was her time; present her, then to move on, to the next page of Pop’s scrapbook. Scrapbook? Well, she was scrapped and is now scrapbooked … Continue reading Maquinna: Calling on the Way Stops of Life

Census & BMD: Rooms, With One or More Windows

There is much to write about, on window count, in genealogy; why do we know about them, and what did they mean for our ancestor. The 1861 Scotland census introduced the need for household heads, to report “number of rooms, with one or more windows”. 1 The answer was captured after their personal information, in … Continue reading Census & BMD: Rooms, With One or More Windows

From the logging camps (3)

It is just too hard to leave Port Renfrew, so, you’ll not hear of life in  Corner Book, NL, or the BC environs of Victoria, Port Alberni, Great Central Lake, or Nanaimo, just yet. OK, maybe even after mentions of Lake Cowichan, Chemainus,  and the Malahat, too. And, if my dear cuz Barb has her … Continue reading From the logging camps (3)

Double Genealogy (2)

That urge to know which union brought us forth, that “who am I”, haunts, even as we are prideful of uniqueness. Honoring forefathers brings relief. We are, at birth, what our immediate two ancestors put on our biological table, our hereditary nugget. The arch of the eyebrow and action of the knee-joint are mine, through … Continue reading Double Genealogy (2)