GenTraveling to Lennox & Addington County


Hello, GenTravelers!

I’ve had a large project monopolizing my time and energy lately and I’ve missed reading all the sites I follow! But things have settled a bit {hallelujah} and I’m hoping to get caught up.

As I mentioned in a previous post (GenTraveling to Upper Canada), I went GenTraveling last month and stopped in at quite a few different archives/repositories.  It was a great trip! Today, I’ll highlight Lennox & Addington County in Ontario, Canada.  They have a terrific museum and archive and Lisa, the archivist there, was very helpful.

Yesterday, June 19th, was actually United Empire Loyalist day in Ontario. Here’s a snippet from the L&A County Archive’s facebook page:


Do you recognize any names?  I think my people migrated later, but don’t you LOVE that lists like this have survived?!? The museum and archives have lots of good material all collected into one central location. Plus, they have a really nice website, so you can do a bunch of research ahead of time on what research you will be able to do when you visit. Check it out HERE.

I can tell the people and leaders of Lennox & Addington County appreciate their history and are making it a priority to preserve it.  Good for them! Sadly, that wasn’t the case everywhere I traveled to last month.  I decided I wanted to help the struggling archives (the local historical societies, or small libraries, etc.). My wheels are spinning on how I can do that, and I have some ideas, so stay tuned for that! :o)  Now, off I go to read my feed and get caught up on everyone else’s genealogy adventures!


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GenTraveling to Upper Canada


Hello GenTravelers!

Well, my next GenTraveling excursion is coming up shortly! It is currently snowing here in my neck of the woods, so this chilly-looking photo of Lake Ontario seemed appropriate.  However, I’m hoping for MUCH warmer weather in a few weeks.  The plane tickets are purchased, the itinerary is sketched out, my list of repositories that I want to visit is….well, long and getting longer!

We (my hubby and I) will be GenTraveling to Upper Canada. You know, I remember being confused when I initially came across that term – it seemed so backwards that “Upper” was being referred to that area of the map – anyone else??? If so, here’s an explanation (per Wikipedia HERE):

The “upper” prefix in the name reflects its geographic position along the Great Lakes, mostly above the headwaters of the Saint Lawrence River, contrasted with Lower Canada (present-day Quebec) to the northeast.

But…back to my GenTraveling plans – the plan is to to circumnavigate Lake Ontario! Fun eh?  We’ll start our journey in Toronto, then travel King’s Highway 33 (aka Loyalist Parkway):

In 1784, following the American Revolution, the United Empire Loyalists began to arrive in Upper Canada, hoping to settle the frontier near Cataraqui (now Kingston). With the help of the military, the loyalists blazed a trail west from Cataraqui to Bath, a distance of 25 kilometres (16 mi). This trail would become a section of Highway 33 nearly 150 years later. [source]

I have loyalist ancestors that I need to research, so we’ll stop in at The Lennox and Addington Historical Society.

We’ll continue on and hopefully hit some waterfalls:

ontario waterfalls

We’ll explore the Thousand Islands region, then head down to New York (where I have MAJOR research to conduct – wish me luck and much success!),  we’ll head west and hopefully hit some lighthouses. I LOVE photographing lighthouses. By the way, did you know there is a Lighthouse Society?  Who knew! (I might have to join). Plus, they are nice enough to keep a list of Lake Ontario lighthouses up on their website. Thanks Lighthouse Society! [Link HERE] This is Sodus Point lighthouse and I even had a distant cousin live in Sodus Point for a while.  Possible research there too!


Next up is Niagara Falls and then back up to Toronto.  We’ll have gone full circle! I’m totally excited!  We’re going to pack A LOT into those 8 days!

Now, excuse me – I have a TON of prep-research to do!  Have a great day and good luck climbing those family trees!


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GenTraveling near Montreal


Hello GenTravelers!

Sometimes GenTraveling takes us to sad but significant historical sites. When my husband and I traveled to Canada a couple of months ago, we visited an area where, 329 years ago, was the site of the worst massacre in Canadian history.  The Lachine massacre happened on August 4-5, 1689. Reports vary widely regarding the number of deaths that occurred.  The Lachine Massacre monument website states 200 settlers were killed by 1500 Iroquois (link HERE).  Wikipedia states there were 72 deaths. Whatever the number of casualties, this terrible event is obviously included in many family histories.  My husband’s ancestors were involved – some were killed and some were captured. Fortunately his 6th great-grandmother, after being held captive for about 12 years was released after The Great Peace Treaty of 1701 and returned to her husband and subsequently began their family – in which my husband descends from.

The plaque pictured above on St. Joseph Street, Lachine, Quebec says:

During the night of the 4-5 August 1689, fifteen hundred Iroquois landed at Lachine and placed themselves in small groups near all the houses along the shore. At a given signal the massacre began; two hundred persons perished and one hundred and twenty were taken into captivity. The year 1689 was long known as “The year of the massacre”.

GenTraveling, and genealogy in general, uncovers both the happy and the sad, the precious and the terrible. History doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have a filter.

What sad but significant sites have you GenTraveled to? Or plan to travel to?


GenTraveling – Researching Canadian Jews


Hello GenTravelers!  I’m back and now, after a longer than expected hiatus, I’m excited to continue blogging about GenTraveling.  I recently returned home from a GenTraveling trip of my own, and so I want to continue spreading the excitement, knowledge and thrill of  traveling where ancestors actually lived again with all of you!

Today’s ancestral spotlight is on Jewish research – but specifically Canadian Jews.  I recently read Debra L. Doppelt Karplus’ March/April 2014 article in the Family Chronicle magazine entitled, Canadians Exploring Their Jewish Roots.  Debra explained that since there are approximately 385,000 Jewish people currently living in Canada, it is likely they would need to understanding some idiosyncratic and specific characteristics pertaining to tracking ancestors who migrated to Canada. Debra did a good job of explaining some of those idiosyncrasies, such as Jewish naming practices and where to find immigration records. The holocaust, known to Jews as the “Shoah” resulted in records being gathered and organized to document the people who perished during the Holocaust, which sometimes included birth dates and next of kin!  Debra referenced a key source for these records as the Yad Vashem ( But ultimately, Debra recommends planning a research trip to visit the ancestral homeland in Canada or Europe and she points out that ‘…it seems that most people have many ethnicities that make them who they are. Genealogists should not be surprised to discover some Jewish ancestors somewhere in their family tree.”

Personally, I’d be ecstatic to find some Jewish ancestors in my tree.  I think I’ll go hunting for some so I’ll have an excuse to dive into some of the records Debra recommended – and then plan a research trip!


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{photo source in public domain – William James (1866-19480}

GenTraveling – Canada


Hello GenTravelers!

Is anyone planning a GenTrip to Canada?  I recently read an article in the November 2013 issue of Family Tree magazine called “Hard Work & Long Days in Canada” by Emily Manktelow.  Although it was somewhat sparse on giving readers family history resources, it did give a general overview of Canadian immigration history – and history of where we’re planning to travel is always a good thing!   After reading the article, I poked around online and found the entire article HERE.

A section of this article also reminded me of the issue of child migration.  I remember hearing about the UK’s official apology back in 2010:

“Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised for the UK’s role in sending more than 130,000 children to former colonies where many suffered abuse.

He expressed regret for the “misguided” Child Migrant Programme, telling the Commons he was “truly sorry”.

He also announced a £6m fund to reunite families that were torn apart.

The scheme sent poor children for a “better life” to countries like Canada and Australia from the 1920s to 1960s, but many were abused and lied to.” (source)

If you think you may have a child migrant in your ancestry,  you might want to poke around these sites:

British Home Children

Library and Archives Canada – Home Children 1869-1932


Child Migrants Trust,

Best of luck with your Canadian research! Let me know if you’re planning a GenTraveling trip there!leafbreak

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