The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins


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

Hemmingsen-Mathisdatter: Mathisen-Hemmingsdatter

This starts a new category, "Before Memories". It is dedicated to those ancestors my generation never met. Except that,  Grandad Dickson's line (doubly),  is discussed under "Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness".  The McArthur - Gray line, of  his wife,  our Nana, will be posted here. HEMMINGSEN-MATHISDATTER Our paternal side was chosen for the start point … 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

Logging camps: Trucks, Clothes Line, Pulley, and Patents

A previous post in “From the logging camps” shared a front view of a logging truck, circa 1943, in Port Renfrew at the Hemmingsen-Cameron operation. This is the same truck, side view, showing my big brother, myself, my father, and grandfather. 1 And, something else. Heeding the warning “don’t air your dirty laundry”, only clean … Continue reading Logging camps: Trucks, Clothes Line, Pulley, and Patents

Genealogy Imagined from the US Civil War, past River Clyde, to a UK Chemical Plant

Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness; Update 2, Addendum 6 "Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness" found that our grandfather was likely adopted, and  that John Kelly was potentially our biological great-grandfather.¹ Little was known of John Kelly; he was born in the US about 1859, resided in Lanarkshire Scotland from 1881-1882, and worked as a farm … Continue reading Genealogy Imagined from the US Civil War, past River Clyde, to a UK Chemical Plant

Not My Ancestor: Maybe Yours?

This column will be continuously updated as time permits, but is not for my usual blog readers. It is just data; no story.  Leads we chase in research often result in dead-end, as far as our own needs are concerned. The path is sometimes convoluted by data gaps or inconsistencies. A heap of work is … Continue reading Not My Ancestor: Maybe Yours?

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)