In March of 1955, my father hopped on the Queen Mary or Queen Elizabeth ship and traveled to New York from Scotland to join his sister in Toronto. I never met his parents, my grandparents, they passed away long before I was born.
Learning about my ancestry brings me closer to people I have never met or I have only seen a few times during my life. My father was the second youngest of 14 brothers and sisters. I remember when I was young he would talk about his family back home as he was telling stories and showing the few pictures he had brought with him.
Over the years I was able to meet quite a few of his brothers and sisters, as well as my first cousins during their visits to Canada. While most people grow up with cousins being around the same age, most of mine are about 20 years older than me, it is my second cousins who are close to the age in which I am.
For as long as I can remember, my mother was working on her family tree. All the information she had at the time was in a yellow duo tang. I would pick it up from time to time and go over who was who. My mother was an only child. My grandfather was the oldest of 10 brothers and sisters so there was plenty of cousins in her life growing up in Toronto and Innisfil. I never met my grandfather. My grandmother was only in my life for a short time. When I was around 9 she passed away.
My mother spent time with her aunt and uncles so I was able to get to know some of my grandfathers siblings and am now getting to know some of their children and grandchildren.
My mother continued with creating her family tree over the years and eventually added it to Ancestry for family members to view and contribute to. While working on her family tree, she decided to start my dad’s family tree. Through her doing that, I now have contact, through Facebook with other cousins on my dad’s side of the family, that is expanding every day.
Both of my parents have passed away now, I am trying to continue with both of the trees. I am still learning how to use Ancestry and work from there. I require more information to update certain branches of the trees but with the help of relatives I am sure I can accomplish the task.
One day I look forward to sharing this part of our family history with my daughter and maybe when I am done she will be able to take over and continue the tree.
I am learning about my ancestry everyday. Do you know how the branches of your tree are connected? It is a great learning experience to find out where you come from and how far back in history you can go.