4th Annual Genealogy Show & Tell
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1. Holly Gunn discussed her recently published book on the genealogy of the The Turner Family of New Ross From Kent to Kansas: The Descendants of William and Hannah Turner. The book was published in October 2013. Her talk focused on the online sources that she used to compile this book. These sources included Americanancestors.org; Ancestry.ca, including its newspapers, city directories, and owners of the family trees; Facebook as a way of contacting relatives; Familysearch.org; and various free lookup service. Contacts in England and the United Stated located through these online sources sent photographs, obituaries, baptism records, and vital statistics. Holly also talked about the importance of personal interviews, her use of land records in the various land records offices throughout the province, and assistance provided by local historical societies in Lunenburg, Hants, and Kings County. The slides shown in Holly's presentation can be viewed here.
2. Pamela Wile spoke about Disaster Planning, with a special emphasis on some things which might be done to minimize damage from floods, etc. Pam was able to call upon some not so pleasant recent personal experiences for her talk.
3. Dawn Josey: I have been researching a grandmother who was 19 years old during the Halifax Explosion in 1917. My show and tell topic was the Halifax Relief Commission Records where I found a wealth of information, not only on her but her late husband killed in the explosion.
The documents included all correspondence made between her and the Relief Commission which revealed quite a bit of information about the type of person my grandmother was.
In Relief records I found copies of money given to her for items destroyed by the explosion, insurance payments made on behalf of her husband's company, what he did for a living, where, and his salary at the time.
I found marriage records of her subsequent marriage in 1920 and how much she was paid outright from her late husband's pension; also a birth certificate for her child born in 1917 and her pension for that child's education.
What I found so important to me was not only the official documents of the relief commission but all of the correspondence between my grandmother and the commission. Every paper was saved to a file.
It is well worth the time to look through to glean a little more insight into how the commission looked after the people affected by the explosion.
Contributions from "Away" Members
4. S. Davison wrote about her research relating to Catherine Barbara Herron (Hearn), married surname Molinari and Hannagh Shepperd (Stoppard), married name Gerrard:
I am looking for information on 2 women who married men in the 60th Foot Regiment when it was stationed in Halifax between 1817-1826, Catherine Barbara Herron, married surname Molinari (Molinary) and Hannagh Shepperd (Stoppord), married name Gerrard.
• Catherine Barbara Herron (Hearn) married Guiseppi Molinari (Joseph Molinary), 60th Regiment, in St Paul's, 1818. Their son, Ferdinand was baptized in St. Peter's, Halifax, in 1823. Catherine either died before 1826 or was left behind when her husband went to Malta.
• Hannagh Shepperd and Ferdinand (or Frederick) Gerrard had a daughter baptized in St Peter's in 1822. Ferdinand's army term finished in 1826, in Demerera (Br. Guiana). He is listed as a Chelsea Pensioner.
Where did these women come from and what happened to them? The army papers survive for the two soldiers, but of course no mention of the wives.
5. Kathleen "Kay" Parkman Lamb wrote:
The story I have
I had done genealogy on my family knowing pretty much about my family till I got back to a brick wall. I found that my earliest known ancestor was a Captain at the time of the Rev War.
I couldn’t go back any further no matter what I saw in records.
I decided to take a chance when I wrote to the archives in Ottawa. I asked if they had any information about my Capt.
Much to my surprise back came a huge genealogy on his wife’s family which took them back to Marblehead, Mass. and to many of the first settlers of several Mass. towns. I didn’t even know I had any connection to the United States though I had lived there since I was two years old. I had always thought I was Canadian all the way.
What was so funny was that my family, having come down from Nova Scotia and not knowing we had any connection to that town, had moved to Marblehead .
In fact I was married there in 1941. It was over 60 years later that I found my connection . I also found that most of the important things in my life had happened in many of the other towns that my early settlers had lived. It felt sort of eerie. As though my ancestors might have had a hand in my life. My idea of myself seemed to change with the knowledge.
I feel now that I have two countries.
All of Halifax
Capt John Tardy and wife Ruth Blaney; Thomas Flowers [Blackadar] to George Flowers ; John Morton [ Polegreen]; William Ackhurst; T C Allen
Conrad Foseler; Jacob Rudolph
Cogswell; Thompson; Goodhue; Andrews; Ingalls; Hawkes; Dane; King; Guy
6. Heather Dau wrote describing her study of the Cook~Cooke families of Portaupique, Colchester County, which began about 1982 in typical fashion with a few notes from an aging relative:
Many archival visits, mailing lists and LDS films later, a body of raw data was collected. A mystery developed as to whether Cook families in Cooks Brook, Halifax County were related and, since documentation from the late 1700s was scarce, any resolution lay through the emerging technology of DNA. That was begun in 2008. And yes, the families in both communities shared common ancestry.
Since then, close genetic kin of these Cook-Cookes in Nova Scotia have been discovered and traced to colonial Pennsylvania and Carolina, their heirs now living in Texas and Oregon. Another Cook immigrant came to the middle colonies and DNA showed he was likely a brother to the men in Cobequid.
The trail is mapped and documented in a website launched June 2013, freely available to researchers anywhere in the world.
researched and written by Heather Dau.
Note: Anyone interested in further information from, or discussion with, any of the presenters can make contact by email: write to Info@NovaScotiaAncestors.ca