am often asked whether I am related to the man who owned and operated the Shepheard
Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. The answer is, as far as I can determine and from
records as far back as I can go, “No!” But it has been interesting to learn
about the man. Maybe s...
read a lot about people, especially with their DNA tests, finding cousins that
rank 4 th or greater. That’s a long ways apart – somehow sharing at
least 3 rd great-grandparents or further back. I
know genealogists like to study families in the past. And m...
is often difficult to determine whether individuals from centuries ago are
related. Sometimes we can assume relationships because succeeding families have
children of the same forenames. In many countries there were, and are patterns
of naming of childre...
a post on 8
December 2015 I set out how the proportions of deaths in various age groups
changed between the early 1800s and mid 1900s in Cornwood Parish, Devon. I
indicated then that I would also look at the larger area around the village of
Plympton to ...
my last post I stated that I did not have any birth certificates that contained
an error since the information was almost always given by one of the parents. I
was, of course, thinking of my own family records. I had forgotten the story
told to me by a f...
on many formal documents of birth, marriage or death is given to authorities by
“informants” many of whom may not always be members of the concerned individual’s
immediate family. The people who are relied on to provide important individual
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