Recently Completed Projects

    Abstracts of a Selection of Projects started and finished within the last 6 to 18 months, or so. Specific names and details are witheld out of respect for client privacy.

The facts as presented: An Ontario provincial birth registration showed that a boy was born near Brockville, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario, in mid-Feb 1902. His mother and father were identified by name. But, all traces of the boy and his parents between 1902 and 1921, when the boy was enumerated within an older couple's household many miles away, were unknown. The "boy's" life after 1921 was well documented. When the boy married in the home of the older couple on Amherst Island in the 1930s, he gave his mother's full name as something different than his birth registration showed.

The challenge: Could anything more be discovered about the boy's life between 1902 and 1921, and, could any facts be unearthed about either of the boy's parents?

The facts as presented: The photograph showing below was found in a family album from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. On the back of the photo was the caption "Lloyd George's Visit, 1923". The photograph showed a building with bunting and flags abounding, with some lettering obscured. 

Toronto City Hall, David Lloyd George's visit, October 1923 _ao img118

The Challenge: Could anything be discovered about this visit? When did it occur? What was it all about? And so on.

The facts as presented: Some important family history records had been identified in two separate 'transcripts' of Rev'd Robert McDowall's marriage register from the Bay of Quinte area of Ontario. The original register is held at Queen's University Archives in Kingston. One (incomplete) version of a 'transcript' is accessible here.

The challenge: Could digital images be obtained of each of the records found in the original registeres held at Queen's Universtiy Archives, to help dispell some surname spelling issues?

The results: A pre-visit consultation with the responsible archivist meant that Rev'd Robert McDowall's marriage register was available upon arrival. The register itself is quite worn, and the binding is broken. Entries about various events in the register are not the easiest to read or follow, the record of many events being out of date sequence. Nevertheless, the desired digital images were quickly and efficiently captured using two devices, and were forwarded upon completion.

The response: "your photos were fantastic .. no qualitly issues at all .. I really appreciate the quality of your work".     

 - - - - Project #200225   (completed 28 Feb 2020)  

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The facts as presented: A legal Estate case. A man died in a highway accident in Ontario in 1994, leaving a widow surviving. His widow was known to have subsequently remarried, but only the new husband's first and last names (and therefore the widow's new last name) were known.

The challenge: Could the woman be located today?

The conclusion: Contact information for the woman, and her daughter (by the deceased man) was quickly found, and forwarded to the solicitor.

The response: "Thank you very much for your help with this"

 - - - - - - Project #200107    (completed 16 Jan 2020)           

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The facts as presented: An independent research outline was provided which referenced a few documentary tidbits – circa 1855, 1857, and 1890s city directory listings from Kingston, Ontario; an 1871 Census of Canada record from Kingston; an 1880 Ontario civil marriage registration record, also from Kingston; and a few random items from Michigan. All of the independently discovered records offered clues which suggested that the interested party’s great, great, grandparents had possibly originated from County Cork, Ireland, and had possibly emigrated from Ireland to Kingston, Canada West, in about 1859.

The challenge: to discover additional documentary evidence which would expand on the great, great grandparents’ family, and pinpoint with more accuracy where they might have come from, when they might have emigrated to Kingston, and to positively identify all of their children.