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Wayne Shepheard
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For a long time I wondered what the maiden name of my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary PEARSON was. Census records showed that she was born in Ashow, Warwickshire. The 1851 and 1861 censuses indicated her birth year was 1800; ...
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You never know Tony. Some of my great-grand uncles moved around a bit. But I really have paid them enough attention. One more thing on the to-do list!
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Growing up With Cousins
My
father’s extended family was very close. Twelve cousins, born within 11 years
of each other, grew up together. They played with each other, at least in
groups of similar ages. They went to school in the same country classrooms,
again for the most part. O...
My father’s extended family was very close. Twelve cousins, born within 11 years of each other, grew up together. They played with each other, at least in groups of similar ages. They went to school in the same country classr...
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Origin of Easter Eggs
OK,
so Easter is over now, the bunny is gone and all you have left are some eggs.
But how did eggs get associated with Easter? For
the answer you have to go back to the early rules of the Catholic Church, in
particular those surrounding the period of Lent. ...
OK, so Easter is over now, the bunny is gone and all you have left are some eggs. But how did eggs get associated with Easter? For the answer you have to go back to the early rules of the Catholic Church, in particular tho...
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Our Dogs Are Part of Our Family
My
family has always had dogs – and a few cats too. They were and are part of our
family, sometimes to the chagrin of our children who now, as adults, think we
lavish too much attention on them.   Tess,
a brindle Cairn Terrier and Robbie, a West Highland Wh...
My family has always had dogs – and a few cats too. They were and are part of our family, sometimes to the chagrin of our children who now, as adults, think we lavish too much attention on them.   Tess, a brindle Cairn Te...
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My Father’s Education and Career
Family
historians don’t often have documentation about their parents’, let alone their
ancestors’ education and training. I am lucky as I have been able to collect
and preserve many certificates, diplomas, report cards, and other material
pertaining to my f...
Family historians don’t often have documentation about their parents’, let alone their ancestors’ education and training. I am lucky as I have been able to collect and preserve many certificates, diplomas, report cards, and o...
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Use of Second Names
In
a post on the Pharos Blog in May of last year, Are middle names
just a fashion statement?, Helen Osborne commented on the use of second names
in her family, and in English families historically, in general. She noted that
the furthest back ancestor she c...
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OK, so Easter is over now, the bunny is gone and all you have left are some eggs. But how did eggs get associated with Easter? For the answer you have to go back to the early rules of the Catholic Church, in particular tho...
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My family has always had dogs – and a few cats too. They were and are part of our family, sometimes to the chagrin of our children who now, as adults, think we lavish too much attention on them.   Tess, a brindle Cairn Te...
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Family historians don’t often have documentation about their parents’, let alone their ancestors’ education and training. I am lucky as I have been able to collect and preserve many certificates, diplomas, report cards, and o...
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Sometimes when you look through the parish registers and other data concerning a particular family you just have to feel sorry for them. That was the case with one of my 1st cousins (5X removed) in Cornwood, Devon. John wa...
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Currently a consulting geologist and active genealogical researcher, editor and writer.
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Wayne has pursued family history research for a number of decades, on his own behalf and for others. He volunteers as an Online Parish Clerk, handling four parishes in Devon, England. Wayne has also been active with the Alberta Family Histories Society and is a past Editor of Chinook, the quarterly journal for the Society. He is also an author of several articles published in a number of different family history journals and has made presentations at genealogical conferences. Following a long and successful career as a geologist in the oil & gas industry, Wayne now pursues genealogy as a hobby and a second line of work through his business, Family History Facilitated.

 

Wayne is a native Calgarian and a descendant of many immigrants to southern Alberta who originated in England, Scotland, Germany, the United States and possibly other areas not yet determined. He actively explores many family branches spread across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Published genealogical articles in Chinook (journal of the Alberta Family Histories Society), Devon Family Historian (journal of Devon Family History Society) and Cootin Kin (journal of Shetland Family History Society)
Education
  • University of Calgary
    Geology, 1963 - 1969
    Received both B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Geology. Thesis: Depositional Environments of the Upper Cretaceous Bearpaw-Edmonton Transition Zone, Drumheller 'Badlands', Alberta
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