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Thomas Pearson was born and raised in Sheldon parish, Warwickshire. He married Mary Smith in nearby Solihull parish in 1823. Their only child, son Charles, was born in Tile Cross, Sheldon, in 1828. Charles’ baptism entry says...
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This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day which, for genealogists should perhaps more properly be called Mothers’ Day because we have all found so many mothers in our families. I am very lucky because I have photos of many mother...
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For some time, I could not locate the whereabouts of my Great-granduncle William John SHEPHEARD in 1881. He did not appear to be on any census list for that period, at least in the areas he grew up. He did surface in August o...
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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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Bastards! (Oops!)
I’ve
never really studied illegitimacy in genealogical records much. My wife’s
grandfather was one and I think it plagued him all of his life. We found his
birth record very early on in the search of his family history and there it
was, written plain as day...
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A Surprising and Disturbing Ancestral Discovery
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came across a transcription of a will of one of my 5 th great-grandfathers the other day and its contents surprised me. In the 1806
document he left seven of his surviving adult children a “negro” boy or
girl. It is the first reference I have found that o...
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My Great-Great-Great-Grandfather was a Publican
Thomas
Pearson was born and raised in Sheldon parish, Warwickshire. He married Mary
Smith in nearby Solihull parish in 1823. Their only child, son Charles, was
born in Tile Cross, Sheldon, in 1828. Charles’ baptism entry says his father
was a victualler, li...
Thomas Pearson was born and raised in Sheldon parish, Warwickshire. He married Mary Smith in nearby Solihull parish in 1823. Their only child, son Charles, was born in Tile Cross, Sheldon, in 1828. Charles’ baptism entry says...
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Mothers’ Day
This
coming Sunday is Mother’s Day which, for genealogists should perhaps more properly be called Mothers’ Day because we have all found so many mothers in our
families. I
am very lucky because I have photos of many mothers going back several
generations. S...
This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day which, for genealogists should perhaps more properly be called Mothers’ Day because we have all found so many mothers in our families. I am very lucky because I have photos of many mother...
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Finding Uncle Will in 1881
For
some time, I could not locate the whereabouts of my Great-granduncle William
John SHEPHEARD in 1881. He did not appear to be on any census list for that
period, at least in the areas he grew up. He did surface in August of that year
when he married Jane...
For some time, I could not locate the whereabouts of my Great-granduncle William John SHEPHEARD in 1881. He did not appear to be on any census list for that period, at least in the areas he grew up. He did surface in August o...
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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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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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