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April 24, 2017

Find an Ancestor to Canada in Poor Law Union Records

Are you looking for an ancestor coming to Canada between 1836 and 1853? You may already know that this is a challenging time period in which to find a ships passenger list, as Canada did not archive Canadian ships passenger lists until 1865.

Sample Poor Law Union Record
But there are substitutes, including Olive Tree Genealogy's names of those found in Poor Law Union Records of individuals being sent to Canada from England.

Other substitute immigration records for pre-1865 immigration to Canada include

There are many more substitute immigration records listed, with links, at Canadian Ships Passenger Lists Before 1865

April 23, 2017

Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Photo Album 49R

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.

Caption on and under this photo reads "Photo with inscription. 13_10_15. "Thanks for kindness attention from Corporal Barber ASCMT 1st Division Field amb."

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"

April 21, 2017

Sis Munro, Who Are You?

Hubs and I love antiques. There is nothing we enjoy doing more than spending a day antiquing. My favourite is when an antique has some written history with it. That was the case recently with this very old blanket box.

The outside was stenciled with the initials "S.M." and inside on the lid someone had written in pencil "Sis Munro" and then "Landed in Toronto July 5, 1911"

It was too exciting and intriguing for me to pass up so I bought it.  My hope was that Sis Munro would be easily found in the online Ships Passenger Lists on

Unfortunately it hasn't been that easy to find Ms. Munro. Ocean going ships did not land in Toronto but further east - Quebec or Halifax for example. So if the writing was the correct date I needed to find Ms. Munro landing earlier than July 5th. Of course she may have arrived from America across Lake Ontario to Toronto in which case it was unlikely I'd find her.

I did find an interesting candidate to possibly be "my" Sis Munro but it's not quite fitting for me. A Susie B. Munro age 28, with Grace age 2 arrived in Halifax on July 11, 1911. She stated she was coming from St. John's Newfoundland and had been in Canada previously, in 1903. That seemed a strange notation but it isn't really, as Newfoundland was not part of Canada until 1947. But oddly, a second notation in brackets reads "in transit to England". I don't think this is the right Sis Munro but I'm at a standstill.

So here are photos of the inscriptions inside the box. Perhaps I'm reading them incorrectly.

I still hope to find Sis Munro and if any of my readers have ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment on this post.

April 20, 2017

Are You a Schulze Descendant?

Announcing my new book on The Schulze Family of Germany & Yorkshire England

84 pages
11x8.5 "

Georg Heinrich Christian (Henry) Schulze, a skilled cabinet maker, left Germany for Yorkshire England between 1867 and 1868. He and his wife Marie Catharina Friederke (Mary) Gercken settled in Bradford where their ten children were born. Two of their children died at a young age.

This book includes details, with documents, of Minnie, Charles, Emma, Elizabeth, Harry, Oscar, Rose, and James Schulze and their families. Family group charts and photos are included

New Book: The Hubbard Family of Kent England

The Hubbard Family of Kent England by Lorine McGinnis Schulze available now on Amazon.
26 pages. 8.5x11" $6.99

The Hubbard family has been found in Dover, Kent England back to Isaac Hubbard who married the widow Mary Ducy in St. James in 1698.

This book follows Isaac and Mary's descendants down four generations through their son Isaac, their grandson Philip, their great-grandson Philip and their great-great-granddaughter Milly Elizabeth who married John Caspall.

Full details plus images of all genealogy documents for the individuals named above are provided.  Basic information on all siblings is also included.

April 19, 2017

Dutch Love Child, Son of Native Canadian Vet, Granted Citizenship

Will van Ee from Holland had searched for his father for many years. Mr. Van Ee, the illegitimate son of an aboriginal Canadian soldier and a Dutch girl who met during the Second World war never knew his father or his father's name. His mother was Hendrike Herber and after Will's birth she married Albert Van Ee whose surname Will used.

Then one day a cousin gave van Ee an old photograph. Hendrike is shown alongside a beaming Canadian soldier named Walter Majeki. Van Ee’s aunt told her nephew that Walter was his biological father.

Van Ee then enlisted the help of Olga Rains, a Dutch war bride in Peterborough, Ontario dedicated to reuniting other WW2 children with their Canadian families. In 1984 Walter's brother was found. Sadly Walter had died several years before, but Will flew to Toronto to meet his new-found family.

After meeting his uncle and cousin, Van Ee became a full-status member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation in Northern Ontario, and later was granted Canadian citizenship.

Read the rest of this poignant story at Dutch love-child fathered by First Nations’ Canadian veteran finds lost identity, gets citizenship

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April 17, 2017