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

NEWFOUNDLAND: LOGGING PRE and POST CONFEDERATION

      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 when she was fifty, in 1911. 1 Still, we were … 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)

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