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  • 13 April 2023 8:41 AM
    Reply # 13165861 on 13101880

    My name is Allan Cole . I am mostly interested in the U.S.A. because some other German descendants emigrated from Germany to America. I do not have any direct link with the United States of America. I am not sure if this is the place to mention it but Wikitree have started their seventh challenge in conjunction with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

  • 19 February 2023 10:08 AM
    Reply # 13103040 on 13101880

    I was born in Toronto and spent my early years in Ontario and Quebec before moving to Australia over 50 years ago.

    My earliest ancestors were United Empire Loyalists that settled along the St Lawrence River in 1784 (after the American Revolution). Other ancestors came across from England, Scotland and Ireland as part of the trans-Atlantic migrations from 1815-1865. They settled in Ottawa, Montreal and rural Québec. My great-grandmother arrived in 1880 as part of the British Home Child movement and was fostered by a family in Huntley, Ottawa, Ontario. My grandfather was the last to arrive in 1907. He was from Londonderry and became the City Commissioner of Saskatoon.

    My parents lived in several places across the USA and Canada. My father was born in Toronto and my mother was born in Saskatchewan. They met and married in New York City and at various times lived as a couple in Ontario, Quebec, Connecticut, and California.

    My main research interests are in Canada from Quebec to British Columbia. I have some interest in USA research, mainly in the New England region.

    Thistle Anderson (nee Hart)

    Last modified: 20 February 2023 8:33 AM | Anonymous
  • 18 February 2023 5:31 AM
    Message # 13101880

    Well, 18 Feb 2023 will be the inaugural meeting of SAG's USA and Canada Research Interest Group, and I'm please to be one of the team of facilitators for this group.

    By way of introduction - was born in Detroit Michigan USA, but have lived in Sydney since 1975.  Yes that 48 years! So Aussie or American? (BOTH!).  Like so many, even born in the USA, my ethnic origins are European, Polish to be specific, with all 4 of my grandparents being born in Poland and they all migrated to the USA.  When I married an Aussie from W.A. Colleen found she had Irish relations that moved to Canada.  So this research group is perfect for our genealogical interests.

    And while much of my family lived in Michigan, the Polish community and similar names (and some relatives) appear in Illinois, California, Florida, New York & New Jersey.  And Colleen's spread in Canada from Ontario.

    A burning question: When you find the name you thought was unique (Czarnik or Wade) and it turns out to be more common than you thought, how do you ensure that the connections you make are actually related to you?

    As an aside, very early in my genealogy journey I found Family Tree Maker (FTM) to be an excellent tool for capturing many intricate details, researching and sharing the family tree and and found myself facilitating SAG's FTM User Group for 20 years!

    Lawrence (Larry) Czarnik
    2023FB18 Sydney (ex Detroit MI, USA) 

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