Collaborative Profile This Week: Laura Bond, Canadian Suffragette. Can you help?

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This is an excellent choice for Women's History Month.

Lady Laura (Bond) Borden (1861-1940)

Canadian Suffragette

Her obituary has been attached as a source already. So let's start out creating a bio. It can be improved and added to as the week goes along. 

Lady Laura must have had parents. Who were they?

Did she and the prime minister have children?

How about a paragraph or two on the fight for women's voting rights in Canada. I don't know anything, but would like to learn a little.

I'm sure we can think of other things to add as the week goes along.

Remember to create an answer here, when you start to research something, so we don't duplicate and to keep the question high on the list.

Oh and check out the super hat she has on in the photo.

WikiTree profile: Laura Borden
asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G6 Pilot (925k points)
recategorized by Chris Whitten
Excellent. Thank you, Anne!

I am new here ( today) so I am still figuring out how site this works. If I mess up I hope you can patiently guide me in the right direction. I found a photo of Lady Borden as a younger woman and a tribute to her on family search. I will add them when I figure out this site works. Great effort on everyones part. Love what a group can do. - Martha

Thank you Martha. Welcome to WikiTree, and it's lovely that you're going to jump right in. Thank you for adding the photo.

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Basic biographical information has been added (with sources). I look forward to seeing it get transformed into a more compelling narrative. I've also added profiles for her parents and most of her siblings (there's one other sister whose name I've not found).

I've included links to the sources. Note that on the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics links, you have to first accept the User Agreement. Then if you click the link again, you'll get to the image.

It was fun researching someone I'm not related to, but where I know my way around the sources.
answered by Leanne Cooper G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
selected by Anne B
Ooh Looking better already, Thanks Leanne.
Wow, Leanne, you REALLY found great stuff!!!

I just added the images inline (using the new image template) and adjusted the reference tags.  I saw that the link to the photo of her Ottawa home was a flickr page and observed that it is available under common license, so I displayed that one, too, instead of linking to it.  All the information required by the license is included in a comment on the photo page.

I noticed a lot of information in the find a grave listing.  This could be used to really flesh out the story of her life, but I'm not much on creative writing so I'll leave that for someone else.
Oh I'm glad someone found the house. I read something about it yesterday, started to look and got sucked away onto something else
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I'm going to answer my own question. No she didn't have any children. Her obituary says only nieces left behind. and the box no children has been marked. She must have had a sibling.
answered by Anne B G2G6 Pilot (925k points)
Not necessarily - I see that her spouse had several siblings which might have provided the path to her aunt-hood.

I'll volunteer to format the bio when it's done, adding images (photos or sources) inline using our brand new image template.  I will also do any image enhancement that's needed to make source images more clear and/or restoration work to remove any damages from photos.
duh! so right Gaile, they could be children of her spouses siblings. Should have eaten brainfood for breakfast, instead of chocolate cereal.
ohhhh, noooooo, Anne - nothing could ever replace chocolate.  It's critical for life support - it MUST be running through your veins or your survival is under attack!!!

The problem must be that you didn't have ENOUGH chocolate.

I just cleaned the obituary you referenced and uploaded it.
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I have found some information which I'll start adding later today. I have found her on each census from 1871 to 1921, along with her marriage record and her parents' death records from Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics. I'll add her parents and siblings. I'll also add the information from the censuses to her profile, which can get incorporated into her bio.

She had 9 siblings, and no children.
answered by Leanne Cooper G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
Her father and one of her sisters already have profiles, so I've linked them. The rest will have to wait until I get home from work this evening.
Great stuff Leanne
Thanks, Leanne!
Correction - 8 siblings, though I've only found the names of 7 :)
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Not sure if this is something we'd want to include in the profile, but I've found records and created profiles for the three nieces that were mentioned in her obituary. They are are:

Florence (Bond) Trotter:

Grace Bond:

Marion Bond:

answered by Leanne Cooper G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
Yes links will be a good thing to include as we incorporate the obit into her bio.
I must say I'm enjoying working on this collaborative profile. This is the first one I've participated in. When I saw it was someone from the Martimes, I just had to jump in. It's where most of my research is focused (and where I grew up), so I have my key sources I always turn to.
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Taking a break from taxes: I'm going to add to Laura's bio.
answered by Anne B G2G6 Pilot (925k points)
I added a paragraph on her involvement with the suffrage movement and a couple of other paragraphs on her life and the houses she lived in.
+1 vote

Another source (dated 1908)... while the information it contains is already reflected, there is an image I don't see on the profile

Also, the image titled "Young Laura Borden" is dated 1901... If the date is correct Laura would have been 40 when that image was taken.

There is a copyrighted image from 1912 shown here: the page does indicate who to contact with questions about using/reproducing their images - even if the image cannot be included on the bio I think it would be a worthwhile link.

answered by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (270k points)
Thanks Rob, Gaile and I have incorporated and corrected your suggestions. Although we're still tweaking a little.
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Photos of their house in Halifax (Pinehurst), can be found here:

According to the Copyright information found here:, images can be used for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution.

This profile is looking amazing! What a change from a week ago.
answered by Leanne Cooper G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
Thanks Leanne, I'm so glad you found the photo of the other house. I've integrated it into the profile.

And yes, it is looking good.

We've had lots of good input on this one.
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If you haven't seen this profile since the beginning of last week. Look at it now.

Thank you for improving this profile.

answered by Anne B G2G6 Pilot (925k points)

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