Kindred Stories is 1 year old! Thank you everyone for coming along with me on this journey. I'm going to be taking a bit of a hiatus. This has been so fun, but it takes a lot of time to pull these posts together I need a bit of a break. Stay tuned for more … Continue reading Happy Birthday!
William Gibson was born between 1808-12 in Monaghan, Ireland. During those years Napoleon and Josephine’s marriage was annulled, Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, and Edgar Allen Poe were born, the future King George IV was named Regent on account of his father’s insanity, and Ludwig van Beethoven composed Fur Elise. The Napoleonic Wars occupied much of … Continue reading William Gibson: Éirinn go Brách
From the depths of an Edmonton winter I bring you this joyful scene of summer. In the late '40s by grandmother, Doris, met my grandfather, Bill, while vacationing on Bowen Island. This photo was taken of them there, probably either the year they met, 1948, or the summer after. I love how carefree and young … Continue reading Summer Loving
One of the things I am always trying to do in my family history research is fill in the gaps between census records. Censuses are usually only taken once every ten years and a lot can happen in between that time. For example, my Nana always told me that her grandmother, Minnie Cornish (nee McCaig) … Continue reading Filling in the Gaps
Identifying people in old photographs can sometimes be a little tricky. There are websites out there with tips for how to do this. Looking at the shape of people's ears or their hairline, for example, can help, but personally I still find it very difficult to do. There are time, though, when peoples features shine … Continue reading The More Things Change…
This somewhat battered photo is of Minnie Cornish, probably around the age of fifty, in the mid-1910s. The title of this blog is probably a bit inaccurate, as I don't think Minnie was actually taking a walk in the snow while this photo was taken. For one thing, she's only wearing a light shawl and … Continue reading Walking in a Winter Wonderland
It's the best time of the year! This is a picture of my Grandma, Doris, opening up a present on Christmas Day. Judging from how she looks, and the fact that the photo is in colour, I would place this around the mid-70s, before her first grandchild was born in '79 but after my grandfather … Continue reading Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas!
Here is a sweet little picture of my aunt, Jody, in front of a Christmas tree. I would guess that this is in her grandmother, Minnie Cornish's, house around 1953 or '54. There is so much going on in this photo that I just love it. The wallpaper, which I imagine must have been in … Continue reading O Christmas Tree
Isabella Warrack was born on July 16, 1874 in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland to John Warrack and Mary Jane Stephen Barclay. That year the Factory Act established the 56 hour working week, the London School of Medicine for Women was opened, and Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd was published, a novel of love … Continue reading Isabella Warrack: Time sees and hears all things
In among the pictures and letters I've collected from my family over the years, there are also a few newspaper clippings, including this one. The text in the middle reads: VANCOUVER 77 YEARS AGO looked like this when viewed from Brockton Point in Stanley Park. The small group of buildings facing Coal Harbor was known … Continue reading Vancouver Then (and Then) and Now