This blog will reflect the progress of my genealogy project(s). I will describe any major changes that I make on my website and I will document how I solved some brick walls.

Friday, November 20, 2015

West updates

I just realized that I hadn't re-published the West portion of the website for over a year, even though there have been some births, deaths, and miscellaneous updates.  So now it's done!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

William Henry Gibson

Rhea Gilbert recently sent me a photo and some information on William Henry Gibson's family.  This has been added to the Striker section of the website.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Andrew Falk aka Anders Karlsson

Andrew Falk was my grandmother Gerda Louisa Naas' stepfather. I was recently contacted by John Linn, a distant cousin of Andrew.  John has been looking for any descendants of Andrew or his brothers in British Columbia.  I wasn't able to help him with that, but he kindly provided me with details of Andrew's parents as well as his siblings and some of their descendants.  I have added some of that information to the site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

John K (Jack) Jordan

I recently received a note from John Martinuk with some information about his mother, Eileen Jordan.  That led me on a search for other information about her and of course led me to other information about her family, including her husband George Martinuk

John then sent me lovely photos of Eileen's parents, John K Jordan and Anne Cecilia Doyle.  Thanks John!

I spent some time searching for more information about Anne Doyle, but haven't managed to come up with anything.  I'm quite sure that she is not related to "my" Doyles, but so far I haven't traced her parents.

Database changes

I have decided to change the folder structure and naming convention that I use when storing images and documents.  This will involve a LOT of changes to the links in all my records, and it's going to take a long time. I don't know how often I'll re-publish the site, but I will not be documenting those changes in this blog unless there are other changes at the same time.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Doyle - at long last

Apparently I haven't republished the Doyle portion of my site since May 2014.  Wow - time flies!  There have been a number of "little" updates since then and a few significant ones:
Now that winter is here, perhaps I'll manage to keep this more up to date.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The several wives of Percy Broder

Thanks to my cousin Elaine Wilson, we have identified Percy Broder's first wife.  She was Kathreen Alice Collier, and like his later wives, she only lasted for a few years before they were divorced.  (Either Percy was very unlucky in his choices or he was impossible to live with.  I know where I'd put my bet!)

I've added Kathreen's information and made a few updates to Melba (Sigsworth) Pappajohn, Percy's second wife.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hall & West families

It's almost West family reunion day, so I've been frantically updating records - adding details, documents, photos, etc.  There are too many changes to list here; and only the most recent 25 show on the Recent Updates page.  But poke around if there's anyone in particular you're interested in.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WOW - how long since I updated Broders?

Over the past year I have periodically made a change or two to various members of the Broder family.  I never bothered to re-build the site because each set of changes seemed inconsequential at the time.  Suddenly I discovered that the number of changes has really added up and the site hasn't been updated for a year!  So, the changes are now published - but I can't tell you in any detail what they are, because I don't remember!   They are all listed in the Recent Updates though.

Monday, October 21, 2013


I've added details, including children and some grandchildren, for Mary Elizabeth Hall and her husband Berg Ellingson.  Mary was my mother-in-law's (June (Hall) West) older half-sister.  When Mary died at age 33, her youngest son, Earl, went to live with his grandfather Orson Hall and was raised as a brother to June.

Monday, September 23, 2013

All those Doyle boys and one Hamilton

Today I updated each of my Doyle grand-uncles and their wives. In some cases, the updates were significant - new marriage registration forms provided many details; in other cases, the updates were simply editorial.  The easiest way to find the updates is to check the Recent Updates (23 September 2013) page.  Or you can click on the links below:

Jerry Moore, my second cousin once removed, sent a lovely photo of John G Hamilton and his wife Selma Oksendahl.  That is now available on their pages.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

James Hamilton Doyle

I came across some new information about my great-uncle James Hamilton Doyle and his wife Aulene (Addie) Benson. Most interesting was the fact that they had two children, Olivetta Mary and Robert H.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


I received word of the death of Howard Melvin Harris, the husband of my husband's cousin LaRue Burbank.  I have added the info and found his online obituary which provided more info about their children. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The children of Thomas John Doyle and Ann Elizabeth Burtch

While I was updating the site with info about James Joseph Aloysius Doyle's death, I realized that there was additional information available about his siblings:
I have added death records to some, better pics to some, and made minor corrections to others.

James Joseph Aloysius Doyle

My grandfather's cousin (my 1st cousin twice removed), James Joseph Aloysius Doyle, passed away on 10 Dec 2012.  I have updated his page with the information.  Jim was born on 10 August 1930 and was almost 38 years younger than his cousin Charles, my grandfather.  Jim lived his entire life in Ontario while Charles lived in British Columbia; they were probably unaware of each other's existence.  I established the connection only about 10 years ago, long after Charles' death in 1968.