G. MacKay
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G. MacKay

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G. P. MacKay
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [private brother (1960s - unknown)], [private sister (1960s - unknown)] and [private brother (1970s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (2000s - unknown)], [private daughter (2000s - 2000s)] and [private daughter (2000s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 11 Feb 2012
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Welcome Cousin!

Well, chances are that you and I are cousins of some sort, and you've arrived on this page because you've just stumbled upon a page of a relative and my name is attached to creation of that relative's profile page on WikiTree.com! I've posted family trees going back up to 6 generations for each of my parents, and my wife's parents. For many of those direct grandparents going back many generations I've also added many of their siblings and their descendants. There are thousands of people attached to these trees. You may be surprised to have stumbled across this site to find profiles of people who were close to you yet so distant from the guy who put the info on this site. In WikiTree it's called cousin bait, and it's simply a way of seeking out people of the present to fill in the stories of our shared ancestors' past.

My Goal

Genealogy is a very broad subject and it's important for any family historian to have a goal. Mine is simple: family photographs. By day I work as an editorial cartoonist so I'm naturally inclined to be very visual in my pursuits. So, in adding the document citations to the profiles here within I anticipate putting many more faces to the names of my ancestors and fellow descendants. (See more about photos below).

A plea

I've worked very hard to gather and transcribe family documents and while I realize some will stumble upon the information and copy and paste to their own histories without referring back to this website I urge those who share similar ancestral profiles to drop me a line and make yourself known. The photos and document transcriptions posted to WikiTree are a tip of an iceberg of other data you may be interested in seeing. So please, respect the WikiTree code of conduct and together we'll find out about our past.
If you have any photographs of ancestors PLEASE free them from their shoeboxes and drawers and share them with the world. Ours and future generations will be grateful. Get them online, I'd be happy to help you! Just as important as backing up your photos is identifying information and saving the info to each scanned image. Encrypting manually entered information on old photos should be made a best practice not just at WikiTree, but at all websites where old family photos are shared. It's an eye-glazing subject but it's important. Learn more about that here. Think of it as a 21st century way of penciling in information on the back of old photos. Here are just a few newly found old portraits which will live on.

My Genealogy Passion

Since 2010 I've been active in researching the family trees of both of my parents and the parents of my wife. During this time I have uncovered many generations long forgotten thanks to the exploding numbers of indexed documents being uploaded to the Internet. My quest is to fill in the blank part between birth and death dates. The ultimate joy is to learn an ancestor's name, and to use the data from census, birth, marriage, death and other documents to uncover a forgotten person's life with further discoveries of newspaper clippings, obituaries, and the ultimate prize, photographs. It's an addictive quest that truly touches upon history and connects we in the present with fascinating personalities of our past. Eventually, I aim to put it all together in book form.
I'm a big fan collaborative research, BUT I have established some LIMITS pertaining to which people I devote time to looking up and posting info about.
Firstly, my interest is in researching people who have come and left this world, not in researching those who are living. Also, I tend to only want to look up those who have a direct connection to mine or my wife's tree. In other words, while I've created many profiles for the spouses of my own blood relatives, I'm simply not much interested in adding info about the spouse's parents and siblings etc. If you have greater interest in adding more background for those people I suggest joining WikiTree and entering the data yourself! If the privacy settings are open it's only mere keystrokes away.
Although quite entertaining, it's preferable not to be made aware of current family squabbles and gossip. I say this because in the short time I've involved myself in genealogical pursuits i've become aware that family disfunction is pervasive in most everybody's lives. While some of it can't be ignored, say, on the level of dysfunctionality between the Hatfield and McCoys, much of it is meaningless and should be left to the confines of your closest family members, and not me - please.
Not all the information I've added may be accurate. Some of it comes with a lot of source evidence, and some with very little or no source citations. Errors, and there are quite a few of them, may be viewed and corrected here. Some dates are and always will be in dispute. I've strived to show as many sources for dates as possible using the edit box on each WikiTree profile page. If you notice something incorrect please let me know, but if there's already source evidence suggesting what I have is correct prepare for some gentle push back.


Over the years I've put together a few slideshows of old photos and mashed them up with old family interviews and music. Here's a few of them:
The Brown Family
A YouTube recording of Lois (Brown) Ashenhurst discussing the Brown side of family history with her son Alec and his wife Judy. The recording was made in January 1973 at the Toronto home of Dr. Alex and Lois Ashenhurst, 232 High Park Avenue. Includes mention of Harriet Dalton, Henry Brown, Isabella Cole, Lowell Butters, May Brown, George Brown, Grace Brown, Harry W. Brown, Helen Edy, William D. Edy, and Melinda Haviland. Along with the audio is a video montage of photos and documents assembled together in 2013 by Lois' grandson G. Patrick MacKay.

The Ashenhursts
Here is a link to a 2016 YouTube video that chronicles Alexander Ashenhurst, and his son, featuring a 1973 recorded interview of Alexander E. Ashenhurst and his wife, Lois. Includes memories told by Alec Ashenhurst, Peter Joyce and Danford MacKay.

Where I find my facts

Here is a list of many of the outstanding websites that hold the sources for much of what you'll find through my family trees. If you have Canadian, Newfoundland, U.S., Scottish, Irish, and English history, like me, these are the Go-To places for Internet research:
FamilySearch - The best source of FREE genealogy info and images
Ancestry.com - Not Free, but the best paid site. The go-to place for original documents. I've built a huge tree there and every once and a while I buy a month or two subscription and top up profiles with new records.
FindaGrave - Headstones and burial grounds from around the world
FindMyPast - If you have British ancestors like me, this is the best paid site for getting the info you need. The National Archives is another good place, but prepare to shell out money
Archives.com - A paid Ancestry.com wannabe
Ontario Websites
OurOntario.ca - A great search engine of digital collections from across the province
Automated Genealogy - Canadian Census' for 1851, 1901, 1911
Collections Canada - Canadian Census for 1851, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911
The Ontario Genealogy Society - Index of ancestors buried in Ontario cemeteries
Niagara Falls Cemeteries - Locate graves at Drummond Hill, Fairview Cemeteries, etc
Welland Public Library - Births, Deaths and Marriages for Niagara Falls
Halton County Library - A great digital archive of county newspapers
Brantford Public Library - Birth-Deaths-Marriages from Brant County
Other Sites
Newspapers.com - A gigantic database of digitized newspapers. Great for unearthing obituaries, marriage announcements, and news stories related to your ancestors.
Fulton County Post Cards - Quirky site with an amazingly massive archives of old newspapers mostly from New York state
National Archives of Ireland - While much of the old records were trashed during the troubles, this is a good place for free census, Tithe books & Wills. Here's another good Irish site.
ScotlandsPeople - For finding information on Scottish Ancestors, but it's not cheap.
Newfoundland Genealogy - For my ancestors from the Trinity Bay area
Newfoundland's Grand Banks - More transcriptions for Trinity Bay
Memorial University Newfoundland Digital Archives - More newspaper and directory images for my NL relatives
My Wikitree source citation templates
...and just for fun, a YouTube video explaining second cousins and other obscure relatives by funny man J.J. McCullough

Family Tree Hall of Fame

So with that stated here are some of my favourite ancestral discoveries:
Murdo MacKay (1805-1875) My great great grandfather: The Scotsman
Norman McKay (1848-1931) The unknown Great Uncle
Angus McKay (1852-1912) Carriage accident with the Devil
Asenath Hall Jerrett (1867-1942) Newfoundland Nanny's Nanny
Alexander Ashenhurst (1819-1910) Old Farmer Ashenhurst
Edward Cornwall (1795-1883) The Wealthy Farmer of Oakville
Henry Brown (1822-1895) The Merchant of Niagara Falls
George Cole (1808-1894) The tri-national Marble Mason
Constant Comfort Cole Arkell (1778-1844) Our Lady of Lundy's Lane
William Daniel Edy (1832-1916) Photographer of Graham Bell's great invention
Mary Ann Matthews Edy (1811-1899) Century Lady
Hannah Grannis Matthews (1776-1870) Pioneer Widow
Roswell Matthews (1774-1829) Founder of Elora
Omri Edy (1780-1853) A face from the 1840's
John Haviland (1781-1845) The United Empire Loyalist
Obedience Smith (1813-1844) The youngest pioneer
Catharine Kitty Lawrence Smith (1796-1879) The outlaster
My wife's family:
Sarah E. Silket (1843-1938) The Ohio Centenarian
John Ginitty (1836-1912) Irish Tea Wagoner
Bessie Ginitty Silcott (1880-1929) Reluctant Single Mother
Lemuel Webb (1831-1891) Run over by a train
George Rosenauer (1869-1943) The Hungarian-American
Polly Ann Buel Gableman (1859-1912) Wife of the Henrys
Elizabeth Dickendasher Moeller (1859-1939) Young Widow
Some extra side things I've done in what WikiTree calls free-space profiles:
The People & Places of South Bragar Where my Scottish ancestors from the Mackay branch were settled in the 1800s
Cornwalls in Ireland is a WikiTree page trying to figure out the early background of my great-great-grandfather Edward Cornwall, who probably came to Oakville, Ontario from Cloonkeehan, Roscommon, Ireland.
Edy Bros. Photography Studios. I try to make sense of the chronology of the southern Ontario photography shops my great-great-grandfather William D. Edy and his brother James N. Edy ran with descendants from 1864 to 1922.
Edys Mills, Ontario is on a Wikitree page I started which is devoted to the hamlet of Edys Mills, in Southern Ontario, a once bustling mill town financed by the above mentioned Edy Brothers


  • WikiTree profile MacKay-333 created through the import of Haviland-Descendants.ged on Feb 10, 2012 by Graeme MacKay. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Graeme and others.

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Thank you for adding me to your Trust List! It really means a lot. Hope I can expand your tree a whole lot more. Wish I could give you a star but it seems you have them already. Once again, thank you! Happy Researching :)
posted by Christine Topley

Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hi Graeme...thanks for all of the help with the 'Moore" merges. You do good work!
posted by Brett Rutherford
Just wanted to say I think your profile is really good reading - love your Family Tree Hall of Fame!
Hello G,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

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Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!


posted by Keith Hathaway
Hello 18th cousins twice removed! I ran across your Tricks & Templates page and wanted to thank you for a great post. I had not thought of putting the source information directly into digital photos. Great idea.
posted by Andrea Powell
Looks like we are 10th cousins once removed through the Sperry line. Great work on your research I appreciate it! :)
posted by Charlotte Shockey
I am so glad you are with us here on WikiTree. Looking at your work inspires me to spend more time on mine.


posted by Maggie N.

G. is 25 degrees from Ludwig Kraayenbrink, 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England and 31 degrees from Ferdinand von Zeppelin on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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