Bill's Genealogy Blog
Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.
- Name: Bill Buchanan
- Location: Onoway, Alberta, Canada
I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 until the present I have provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I am an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Indexing - A special opportunity
As I read the name of the priest who recorded these christenings, marriages and burials, I felt a thrill! E Lacombe, OMI. Unless there were two Catholic priests by the name of Lacombe who were members of the Oblate order, this was the legendary Father Lacombe: frontier missionary and peace-maker between hostile Blackfoot, Cree and white inhabitants. He helped persuade the powerful Blackfoot Confederacy to let the CPR build railway tracks through their land. He convinced the Blackfoot Confederacy to stay out of the Northwest Rebellion. He saved hundreds and possibly thousands of lives. They loved him and trusted him and that love and trust was mutual. He was a great man by any measure. As a young priest he was transferred back to the safety and relative obscurity of serving in Quebec, but at the first opportunity he came back to live among the Indian people that he loved so much.
Monday, December 02, 2013
My Dell tower has been running Windows Vista since it was new 5 years ago. But as I run more and more software simultaneously, it got to the point where it would freeze-up in the middle of my work and need to be rebooted. This was especially bothersome when I was helping someone on the telephone. I reached the point where I had to upgrade it or replace it. Friday night my brother Lloyd doubled the RAM and added a second hard disk. And it seems to have solved the problem!
My Website Is back Online
My website is back online, this time at http://billbuchanan.x10.mx
It is the same as it was, except that the family database has been updated.
As I note on the site:
"I encourage you to sign-up for FamilySearch Family Tree, where I have uploaded genealogy, photos, stories and sources. That way, if you have additional research, old family photos and stories, you can share it with the entire family by uploading it there. FamilySearch.org is part of the GSU (Genealogical Society of Utah), which has been gathering genealogy and making it available to the public since 1894. This site is totally free and accessible to everyone, and it is as close to a permanent repository as you are likely to find. As you browse your part of the family tree, look for photos and stories that I have linked to the "person" pages on the site. (You may need to add 2 or 3 generations to connect yourself with the records of deceased people there, but it is easily done. Records of living people can only be seen by the person who created them. If you need help, call the toll-free number 1-866-406-1830 for Canada and USA and ask for help with Family Tree.) ... I think I am just about finished with trying to maintain a personal website. They tend to vanish without any warning at the whim of the webhost. I have hopes for x10 but it is probably my 9th or 10th webhost! If I vanish again, look for my postings on familysearch.org/tree"!
Where and which is Konigsau?
A member of my class was hoping to find the parents of his ancestor Johan Dekinder. Through research I was able to find that Johan was born in Konigsau, Lemberg, Austria, which is now Rivne, L'viv, Ukraine. During the latter part of his reign, Holy Roman Emperor Josef II arranged the creation of German-speaking settlements in the area around L'viv/Lemberg as model farming communities to serve as an example to the Ukrainian and Polish speaking residents. One of these communities was Konigsau, shaped like a regular pentagon. It seems like a fascinating place! I was fortunate to find the local history book, which lists 3 generations of Johan's ancestors! It does not tell where Johan's great grandparents were born, but that is another puzzle for my friend to work on.
In 1939, the Hitler government brought all of the German-speaking residents to Germany, and these settlements became Ukrainian-speaking. The "Galician Germans" became just another chapter in the history books.
A good article on Josef II can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_II,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
(There are various other communities by the name of Königsau, but Johan was from the one in Galicia.)
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Memories of Ales, Gard, France
Friday while I was on duty for FamilySearch.org, a phone call came to me from Draper, Utah regarding a family history question. I discovered that the caller was the wife of a young Englishman I served with in Ales, France in 1966! It brought back a flood of memories, and I told her I had some old photos I could send.
The quality of the photos is poor. Color slides were the popular technology for photos at that time. If you projected the slides, it was almost like being there again. It was amazing! But the traditional color print photos retained their popularity after the slides craze had passed. It is probably a good thing, as their survival was much better.
Back when we arrived in Ales the only affordable housing we found was out-of-town in an old stone house without indoor plumbing other than cold running water in the kitchen sink. (In most areas of France and Switzerland our housing was excellent. Ales was a bit more primitive.)
Ah, the memories!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Research Success - Grants
I long believed that the maiden name of my 2GGM Mary Ann Wright was Grant. In freebmd.org.uk, the only Mary Ann married to a Charles Wright in the right time period and general geographical area (Depwade Registration District of Norfolk, England) was this one:
Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Marriages Dec 1839
GRANT Mary Anne Depwade 13 81
WRIGHT Charles Depwade 13 81