Facebook resources

The Facebook community has become an incredible source of documents/records and conversation about genealogy – please check out the main one:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/878452219159964/
you’ll have to ask to join as it is a group.

And another that I think is run by the same folks:
https://www.facebook.com/FrenchCanadianAncestorsofQuebec/
but this one you can simply “like” to follow.

The people running the pages are real genealogists.

One of them is my friend Sue who owns Family Ancestrees – she creates the most beautiful posters of your family tree plus she has worksheets you to track your research. Check her page out at:

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The Metis Nation of Canada page on Facebook is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1786203044981630/
and in the sidebar of that group you’ll see a list of all the other Metis groups that are recommended by them.

Sorry that I’ve not been keeping this site updated but I’m focusing my time on getting all the info I have plus the decades of info from uncles into Ancestry for posterity.

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Travel Trailer

Travel Trailer

We’re gonna have some fun this summer in our new 16′ travel trailer.  To make sure it is roadworthy and has no leaks, we spent a weekend nearby at Sasquatch park near Harrison.  There are a few tweeks needed but otherwise it is a great trailer.  We also spent 5 days at Buntzen Lake in Port Moody in the rain.  Comfy cozy!  Mom and Andrea spend the day with us – lunch, dinner, walk on the sand beach — very nice despite the rain.

The road trip will begin July 29th and we’ve got all the campsites booked.  We’ll see a few friends along the way too.

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Video Tour

The realtor Phyllis Stelting had a video tour produced to help sell the old family home on 10th Avenue. This is a great reminder of how the house looked as we may soon forget since Mom’s new condo is such a beauty and very comfortable.

 

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This was that

This was that

Lorin and I bought a 1942 Osoyoos cottage and spent the fall fixing it up for rent.  Lorin’s uncle came out from Manitoba to help out so things went very quickly. We’re very please with the outcome and the tenants love it. They were part of the selection process: they chose the interior paint, the kitchen layout (two options – they selected the breakfast bar) and agreed to put the dining room in the room where the back porch used to be.  We added a single french door there and it turned out great.

Local trades contractors were great:

Joe – glazier extraordinaire – custom window design and installation throughout

Clay – HVAC (furnace with a/c heat pump) battled tons allergens in the ventilation system and survived on double-doses of benadryl

John – landscaper – cleaned the yard up and also hauled away tons of debris

electrician, plumber etc — they were all very skilled and did outstanding work.

We turned this:

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into this:

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and this:

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into this:

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and this:

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into this:

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and this:

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into this:

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and this:

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into this:

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It might look empty but its full of memories

It might look empty but its full of memories

After 42 years, Mom has sold the old family home. She has moved into a beautiful condo with a view of the Fraser River.

It was the longest move in history.  For weeks we took truckloads and car loads to the dump, to the Salvation Army and to Value Village.  Our garage and house is full of stuff she wants me to sell through consignment as she couldn’t bare to give it away. She wants to know it will go to a good home.  The moving company had to come twice: once to move her into the condo and a 2nd time to take some stuff out as she took too much and also to take a load to my house and to a friend’s place.

Here are some photos I took as I said my goodbyes to the old place. It might look empty but it is full of memories . . .

my old bedroom – became a guest room:

Jo's bedroom

Dad moved into this room eventually – he stayed up late and slept half the day:

Joe's bedroom

Mom and Dad’s room – Mom’s only after Dad died:

Ans' bedroom

Glen’s old room – Mom turned it into a sewing room:

Glen's bedroom

upstairs landing looking into the bathroom with clawfoot tub:

Landing

TV room addition to the house:

TV room

Living room with beautiful new gas fireplace insert:

Living room

Dining room – look at those beautiful beams:

Dining room

Kitchen eating area – new owners bought the hosier and some other furniture:

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I’m all about that bass

I’m all about that bass

Yeah, I have to admit I love that song “I’m all about that bass, ’bout the bass, no treble”.

When I was about 12 years old we had a console stereo system – a big wooden thing that had a lid and the record player was inside of it.  I love playing the 45 “wild thing” on full bass and no treble – loved it! It sounded like a woof. “woof, woof, I think I love ya.  Woof, woof, I wanna know for sure” ha ha.

So this new song makes me think of those times because “I’m all about the bass, ’bout that bass, no treble”.

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Time flies

I haven’t posted anything here in a long while. Lorin and I are renovating a family cottage and our house – both at the same time. We’ve bitten off more that we can chew but we hope one of the projects will be finished soon and we can enjoy it for a change and let life get back to normal a bit.

We’ll be visiting Letellier this summer for a wedding so I’m going to poke around and see what I can learn about the family history there, St Elizabeth and other towns.

If anyone has recommendations where I can visit to find an archive then I can plan around it for a side trip.  I have to get my head back in the game so that will be a great way to get going.

Thanks to everyone who leaves comments and answers questions for other visitors. If you have any photos, birth/death/marriage certificates to share with others then please send them to me and I’ll post them here for download.

Spring is here and summer is near.

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