I've been trying to find information on my maternal grandfather for years- for the longest time I looked in the wrong places, went after the wrong stories. he was an enigma. I started with what I believe to be very limited personal information, few family stories (and fables) and few details he let out. My mother has no photos of him as a boy, photos before/during ww11, nor photos of any of his family or any real concrete information about his family. My MIL is into genealogy and started me on the right direction (using familysearch.org where I found a few papers relating to him)
I do know my grandfathers name, birthdate, place of birth and the date he passed. His middle name is french- he would not let someone calling him "Lee-Roy" slide- it's Le Roi. His birth certificate was replaced, there is no original. I never had either of his parents full legal names. The surname Luckwell is uncommon enough in the Edmonton area that I think I may have found his family- without proof though, I still don't know for sure. It was my hope that I could possibly find old photographs, see what his parents and siblings looked like, where he lived. Perhaps my mom has cousins? I just don't know.
Some of the verbal info my mom gave me when I started looking-
He had multiple siblings
They lived in(around?) the Edmonton Alberta area in the 20's-30's
His sister's name was Betty-Jean Marion
His mothers maiden name was Rempel. she had German heritage.
My mom heard a little about his sister and mother, mom was bullied for being the tallest girl in the class, so he did let out a few details around then, telling her that his mother was taller then average too and her height came from her german heritage too.
I found passenger lists with him that follow what he told us he did during the war. The only old document I found that directly connects him with anyone is a US border paper where he listed his mother (I finally got him linked to someone!).
If anyone could possibly point me in the right direction for getting proper information, what documents I should ask my mom for, how to go about it correctly I will be eternally grateful. My MIL told me all about something called name collectors when trying to figure out a family tree, pasting in people were they don't really belong. I don't want to do that.