Rose wrote a postcard in 1909 to her ‘Uncle William’ (my great grandfather) while he was in Schomberg, Ontario (just north of Toronto). The postcard said she was teaching near Santa Barbara in California.
Don’t throw away those postcards. They are full of information. For instance, I have a couple of postcards to ‘Uncle William’ from other nieces and great nieces. Uncle William must have been a real nice guy. Sara C. Cale wrote him and I looked and looked at William’s siblings’ families which I had quite complete information/ It didn’t occur to me that once you marry, your spouse’s siblings’ families are now your nieces and nephews.
Well, William’s wife was Annie Armstrong and her sister was Mary Armstrong. Mary married Thomas Cooper and had four children and one was Sara. Mary died at an early age and Thomas re-married Maria Roy. Sara married Charles Baynes Cale and there was Sara C. Cale. I think the C. stands for Cooper. One of Sara’s children was Gertrude Edith Cale. G. E. Cale wrote a hand-drawn postcard to Uncle William and this was Gertrude.
Ancestry.com is the greatest site for genealogy enthusiasts. It costs over $300 a year but it is amazing what it can do for you. You can search census, arrivals, departures, voters’ lists and military data to list only a few. You can put your own family tree on it including pictures and stories. Then, it will tell you who else is looking for the same persons. Connections can be made with others searching the same persons and then you are able to find “live” relatives and this is one of the best results of searching. You can access ancestry.com at the library free of charge. Try it out.
There are so many other ways to search and many are free sites. All provinces have genealogy societies. Ontario has one for Ontario and then branches which are generally equated to the County divisions in Ontario. Tombstones are a great source of information and in Ontario you can buy cemetery transcripts. One of the cemeteries where many of my relatives are buried is the Bolton cemetery. Mary Armstrong, Sara’s mother, and her father, Thomas Cooper are buried there and, believe it or not, Thomas’ second wife Maria Roy.
With the help of someone from the Ontario Genealogical Society I found that, William’s brother, Charles (Rose’s father) had moved to southwest Ontario and had eight children listed on the census. I had found Rose.
Since then, I have tracked down Rose’s six grandchildren who are in California. I have met two of them and corresponded with two more. One of Rose’s daughters-in-law is still alive and the other just died last year.
It is great to meet other people who are searching their ancestry and who can share ideas on searching. If you are interested in joining a group please contact the library at 250-242-4778 or Ellen Sager at 250-242-5283 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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