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.
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).
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:
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
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.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with G. or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with G.: