maternal grandmother, Martha Alwilda Jane (McDaniel) Miller, was born in a small
cabin in Lee County, Virginia, USA, on February 6, 1875. My aunt, Doris Marguerite
(Miller) Schnur, did a great deal of research on Mattie’s (Martha) and my
of my paternal great-grandfathers, Newton Isaac Thompson, was born in
Dunnville, Haldimand County, Upper Canada, on October 29, 1859. We believe his
father, John T. Thompson, had come from New York State around 1840 to settle on
new farm lands that ...
of my paternal great-grandfathers, James Shepheard, was born in Cornwood
Parish, Devon, England, on August 13, 1865. A copy of his birth certificate was
what led me to find many generations of the family in that region. James
came to Canada in 1913, abo...
maternal grandfather, Edwin Miller, was born in Grant Township, Riley County, Manhattan,
Kansas, on February 17, 1870. He spent his formative years in that state but
moved around quite a bit over his lifetime. In 1894, together with his father,
2 nd great-grandparents, John and Mary Crispin (Carpenter) Shepheard were
married in Stoke Damerel Parish, Plymouth on April 15, 1855. John was a
labourer at the time. Both were living in Stoke Damerel Parish, John on Garden
Street and Mary on St. Aubyn ...
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.
- University of CalgaryGeology, 1963 - 1969Received both B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Geology. Thesis: Depositional Environments of the Upper Cretaceous Bearpaw-Edmonton Transition Zone, Drumheller 'Badlands', Alberta