At this point in my adventure, I have shared everything I found in the last five years for free online. As I’m sure you can tell, a lot of it requires more digging to learn exactly what it all means, which is why I think now is a good time to pause and reflect on what I have learned so far.

I set out to prove to the world and to myself that I could say “I am Canadian” and have the evidence to back it up. I think I have found that and a lot more along the way. I’ve learned my ancestors were brave, bold and occasionally troublemakers. Several gave up everything to come to Canada, some had nothing to give up at all. But, they all found their way here and I am grateful for that.

The great thing about an ancestry adventure is that it never ends. There is always a new census about to be released, long lost family members posting information online and countless other sources of data. Finding it is all about having a little luck and a lot of patience.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! My adventure will continue.


One name wonder

The great thing about the Internet is that it can connect people of like mind. My good luck connecting with other people searching for our ancestors continued when I googled Woolgar, which you may remember was the surname of my maternal great grandfather who came to Canada in the early 1900s.

I found the Woolgar One Name Study and reached out to the curator, Marion. Even though it turned out we weren’t related, she did have information about my ancestors that she was kind enough to share. She has his family tree going back to the early 1700s in Surrey, which is fantastic.

I’ve learned that one name studies are a great resource. If you want to find yours, check here to see if anyone has started one for your family. So far, my experience has been wonderful.

She was also kind enough to share this Youtube video with me that she found. It was taken by my mom’s cousin, Linda at Leslie Arthur Woolgar’s grave. That’s my mom in blue. I didn’t know they did this so, it’s pretty cool what you find when you ask.