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How Finding Yourself in History Can Be the Most Valuable Gift You Pass Along to Family

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How a Terrible Loss Led to an Incredible Find - And It All Stemmed from a Dream

In 2013 my father passed away and quite frankly I still can't believe I'm typing a sentence with the words 'my father passed away' in it. It's been very difficult; I'll never get over it; don't want to get over it.

This page isn't about the sadness of losing dad; I've written many pages about my broken heart already...Rather this page is about how a dream led me to find out some incredible information about my family history.

One night, not too long after dad passed, I had a very intriguing dream: The dream involved Dad and myself, and others who I didn't recognize, sitting on an open roofed old fashioned style train. Dreaming about trains in relation to Dad didn't surprise me as Dad loved Steam Engine Trains.

We were on the train, almost as a sight seeing adventure...something else that didn't surprise me..as dad was known for giving our visitors tours of areas he knew about at home and when we traveled.

What struck me odd about the dream was where the tour took us: It was around a really pretty curved lakes' edge, with lovely turns up hill, all along the water, until we arrived at a stop for a break where we got out to have a snack and drink at a very old fashioned open covered bar area over looking the water. It was pretty and peaceful, but I felt a bit like we had traveled back in time. The clothes seemed old fashioned as well, which I loved! And yes, it felt familiar.

I believe this dream is what led me to discover a fascinating piece of our family history that I didn't know about...More on the story below!

Photo: Me walking through Hollen Cemetery in Wellington County Ontario, Late Fall 2013

What I Already Knew About Our Family History - Our French Lineage is Well Documented - My Mother & Father - I Love You

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Mom & Dad - Drageda.com

I was born with the family name, Tremblay. My full name today, as you may have seen online already, is Barbara Tremblay Cipak. With the last name being my married name of course.

There's a well documented history on the Tremblay's. In fact there's a book written about the history of the Tremblays which unfortunately I don't have a copy of (yet). We're from a huge, and I do mean huge, French lineage that originally come from France back in the 1600's and who settled in Quebec, Canada.

From Quebec, my descendants founded a small French Community in Manitoba called St. Lazare. It's a small town that has more fascinating stories than you can imagine! .... honestly, the family stories can keep us entertained all night long; love hearing them!....oh what a great town...prime material for a hit movie!

Since both mom and dad are French, we know a lot about our French Lineage...and I love all of it...am proud of all of it, and not shy to say so. My Dad is a bit of a Legend in our town, lol...lots of stories...lots of history.

Photo: My mother and father

There are a number of St. Lazare's; in Quebec, Manitoba and France.

3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents
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3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents

How a Dream Led Me to Discover Another Piece of Our Family History

The dream I spoke about in the intro paragraph left me with a sense to search deeper into my family roots

Although it's true, other family members knew about this side of our Family History, it wasn't common knowledge to my father, or if it was, it wasn't something he spoke about. I suspect that's primarily due to the fact that we have such a prominent French history, it tended to take precedence over much else.

Of course Dad knew about his grandparents on his mother's side! But this dream led me further back to a place many of my first cousin's and I weren't aware of.

I've shared much of the photos and details with my extended family already, and other extended family members have also added information to this historic find, so I'm not laying claim to being the exclusive family discoverer of this information. However, it is a piece of my history that I would never have sought out, had I not been led by a dream.

Keep reading below if you want to learn what I found!

Photo: The Graves of My 3 & 4X Great Grandparents at Hollen Cemetery in Wellington County, Ontario Canada

Hollen Cemetary Dedication Plaque
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Hollen Cemetary Dedication Plaque

Our 3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents are Honored in Historic Hollen Cemetery as One of the Founding Pioneers of Wellington County,

I Had No Idea We Had Family from my Father's Side Immigrate from Scotland and Settle in Ontario - And Coincidentally I Happen to Live an Hour Away from There!

Hello Scotland! - Although I do know a bit of my Scottish history on my mother's side, I had absolutely no idea of what I was about to discover from my Father's Mother's Side!

Our Family Names from My Father's Mother's Father's Side are King & Boyd & McKee

My 3 and 4 Times Great Grandparents descend from Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Their journey is quite interesting. Barbara Boyd, my namesake, and Robert Kerr King Sr. had 4 children (they had a fifth child, their first, apparently named Andrew, who died at 1 year of age). Their four living sons were, Andrew, Robert, Hugh and John. John was born in Ontario whereas the other three sons were born in Scotland.

They immigrated to Canada by ship in 1842 and settled in Perth County Ontario. In 1854 they moved to Wellington County Ontario to settle a new community there. That would have been quite a trek! It's a fair distance between Perth County and Wellington County!

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Crazy Coincidences in My Own Life with My Ancestors - On my Father's Mother's Father's Side - I'm Part of these Surnames: King, Boyd & McKee

Me (Barb) Standing at the Grave of My 3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents - Robert King Sr & Barbara Boyd King & Robert King & Margaret McKee King
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Me (Barb) Standing at the Grave of My 3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents - Robert King Sr & Barbara Boyd King & Robert King & Margaret McKee King

I LEARNED WHERE MY NAME, Barbara, COMES FROM

I'm not sure why I didn't know that my grandmother (my father's mother) also had Barbara in her name - I never thought to ask I guess? It turns out my grandmother's name is a complete combination of her family lineage - Roberta Margaret Barbara King - known to me as "Memere" (french). Memere was given her name for obvious reasons: Roberta (for Robert - her grandfather and great grandfather, Margaret for her Grandmother, and Barbara for her Great Grandmother).

Again, all of this sounds like basic stuff right - but it wasn't known to me until I had this dream and felt compelled to seek all of this out.

I FEEL A CONNECTION TO BARBARA BOYD KING

Barbara Boyd King is my 4 times great grandmother, who, as mentioned above, had 4 sons. Well, yes....my name is Barbara and I have four sons, and only 4 sons; no daughters born to me either, just like Barbara Boyd.

HOW MY FAMILY TREE FLOWS

Robert Kerr King Sr. & Barbara Boyd (King) - had 4 sons - Andrew, Robert, Hugh & John

Robert King & Margaret McKee had 1 son - William

William King & Henrietta Ellis Gwyer had 3 children - Roberta (my Grandmother), Maude, & Robert

Roberta King & Tirel (Israel) Tremblay had 7 children - Billy, Bobby, Buster (Jerome - my dad), Denis, Scott, Ruth & Susie

Buster (Jerome) Tremblay & Georgette Fouillard Tremblay had 3 Kids Together: Barbara (me), Johnny & Larry

Barbara (Me) Married John - and We have four Sons - I don't want my 3 Step Children to feel left out (so I'm mentioning them too) - so yes that's right, 7 kids all totaled.

I WAS ALWAYS DRAWN TO THE NAME BOYD

I'm 53 years old while I'm writing this page, and I'm just finding out that I'm a Boyd. I actually knew I was a King. Although I wasn't aware of the extent of the King history, I did know my Grandmother's maiden name was King.

When I was in grade 4, and living in Alberta, my grade 4 teacher's name was Mrs. Boyd and I can tell you that for reasons I couldn't figure out, I always loved her name and was drawn to it. I was a bit of a nervous kid, but strangely enough, around her I wasn't. I've never forgotten her, and frequently think about her.

Another Crazy Coincidence I recently Discovered about a Connection I have to Barbara Boyd King and Her 4 Sons - Of course, as you've already read here, I too have 4 sons, and believe it or not, one of her boys has the same birthday as one of my boys!

Photo: Me (Barbara) at the Grave Site of my 3 Times Great Grandparents; Robert King Jr & Margaret McKee King

ROBERT KING Sr. & BARBARA BOYD KING Settle in Ontario in 1842

Me (Barbara) with My Youngest Son at the Graves of 3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents
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Me (Barbara) with My Youngest Son at the Graves of 3 & 4 Times Great Grandparents

What's odd is that my dad didn't know any of this, most of us didn't.

Being that the french side of our family came from Quebec to Manitoba, most of the history lessons I learned through family chats pertained to this! Ontario was never mentioned to me growing up as a place where family history or descendants came from. Maybe other family members knew this, but I didn't.

Here's the weird part; When I was 15 years old, mom and dad and my brothers of course, moved from Alberta to Brockville, Ontario. Well, Perth County (where Robert King Sr and Barbara Boyd King settled in 1842 is quite close to this area!) - And I now live an hour away from where they eventually settled in 1854 in Wellington County Ontario.

MAYBE THE SOUL KNOWS WHERE IT's GOING

I remember in grade 7 in Alberta Canada...during a social studies class...we were learning about Ontario, specifically Toronto, Ontario - You have to understand that when I lived in Alberta I never thought about Ontario, ever...after all we were proud Albertans (lol) - Anyway, as soon as the teacher mentioned Toronto...something in my heart felt drawn to it. I had never been to Toronto; never thought I would go to Toronto and didn't know anything about it ... except I felt drawn to it for some reason. I never forgot that feeling from that day in class.

In 1975 my father was transferred to Brockville, Ontario. We had to move. Four years later I ended up going to University in Toronto and, well, you guessed it, I now live and have lived in the west end of Toronto for nearly 30 years. So, does the soul already know?

Photo: My youngest son (my 4th) Jesse and I at the Graves of my 3 & 4 Times Great Grand Parents (his 4 & 5 Times of course) - The tall head stone is Robert King Jr.'s & Margaret McKee King and the stone on the ground is for Robert Kerr King Sr. & Barbara Boyd King (Robert King Jr.'s mom and dad).

Remember that Lake I talked About in My Dream in the Intro Paragraph? - More Coincidences!

My Youngest Son & I
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My Youngest Son & I

It seems that the Lake in my dream may have been Conestogo Lake in Wellington County!

When my husband, son and I were driving home from our fun day on our historical quest, all of sudden we're driving down a particular side road (sorry I can't remember the name of it) when I notice the curved shape of a lake that's very similar to the one in my dream. I stretched my head to look further to see how the shape of the lake curved a bit around a bend and honestly, I was shocked. It was almost exactly what I had seen in my dream!

After researching the area, it appears it was Conestogo Lake. Apparently some of the land owned by the King's abutted that Lake. However, I have no idea whether the spot I saw as we were driving had anything to do with their land.

So you tell me? Coincidence? Past Life? Does the Soul Know Where it's Going? ....I sure loved being led on this journey by a dream though!

Here's a Brochure of Grand Rivers Park, Conestogo Lake - By the way, I've never been here, or seen this lake prior to this day.

Photo: My Youngest Son, Jesse and I, at the entrance of Hollen Cemetery

Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
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Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Our Barbara Boyd Lineage is Quite Intriguing!

Have You Seen the Movie Braveheart?

Robert King Sr and Barbara Boyd King originate from Aryshire, Scotland. I'm still trying to verify, via documentation, hopefully in the form of a birth certificate, the parents of Barbara Boyd.

There are some other Trees on Ancestry.com that indicate Barbara does descend from the famous Boyd Line linked to Sir Robert Boyd. If I'm able to definitively prove this by securing documented proof (if it exists), our family could officially be included into The Boyd Clan of Scotland. That's fun!

If you've seen the movie Braveheart, Sir Robert the Bruce was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. He was a famous warrior who led Scotland during the wars for Scottish Independence. Sir Robert Boyd was considered one of the strongest supporters of King Robert the Bruce. He was in fact, one of the Commanders at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Sir Robert Boyd was awarded for his contribution with land in Balliols, Kilmarnock, Bodington and Ayrshire.

Boyd Castles still stand today - You can learn more and see the Castles as well, here at Clan Boyd.

Photo Source Dean Castle - Wiki

Scottish & Boyd Clan Items, Including a Photo of Dean Castle

Clan Boyd Family Crest
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Clan Boyd Family Crest

This is the Family Crest for our Boyd Ancestry: Our Motto is 'Confido - I Trust'

The Boyd Family Crest is 'Confido - I Trust' - Confido is Latin for 'have confidence in' or 'can rely upon'. A Family Motto is meant to describe and summarize the general motivation or intention of a group, clan or other type of organization.

This family motto resonates with me. I can say with certainty that if I had to define myself personally, it would be, 'someone you can rely upon, have confidence in and trust'. This trait perfectly describes my brothers as well - yes Dad too - As a Boyd in history, I'm honored to be linked to this motto.

The hand symbol on the Crest is a dexter hand held firm having the outer fingers bowed inwards.

Photo: from Wiki

From this Dream, I Like to Think Dad Is Saying What this Song is Saying

'You're gonna make it...yeah I know you can make it...cause I will stand by you, I will help you through...when you've done all you can do and you can't cope...I won't let go" - Maybe that train ride was all my ancestors sending this message - who knows, anything's possible.

My Next 30 Years

Learning about self, knowing self, and planning the next chapter of life - My Next 30 Years as told in Song by Tim McGraw

Some of Our Family Ancestry Photos

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My Great Grandfather - William King, (Roberta Margaret Barbara King's Dad)My grandmother - Roberta Margaret Barbara King (Child of William King and Henrietta Gwyer) and my Grandfather, Israel Tremblay (Memere and Pepere)Dad with Memere and PepereMom and DadIn the 1970's - Mom, Dad, Johnny, Larry and Me (Barbara)These are my 4 boys - Just like Barbara Boyd (my 4 times great grandmother) had four sons, so did I - Makes me feel a special connection to her tooThe most recent photo taken of me with my 14 year old son - summer of 2014
My Great Grandfather - William King, (Roberta Margaret Barbara King's Dad)
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My Great Grandfather - William King, (Roberta Margaret Barbara King's Dad)
My grandmother - Roberta Margaret Barbara King (Child of William King and Henrietta Gwyer) and my Grandfather, Israel Tremblay (Memere and Pepere)
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My grandmother - Roberta Margaret Barbara King (Child of William King and Henrietta Gwyer) and my Grandfather, Israel Tremblay (Memere and Pepere)
Dad with Memere and Pepere
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Dad with Memere and Pepere
Mom and Dad
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Mom and Dad
In the 1970's - Mom, Dad, Johnny, Larry and Me (Barbara)
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In the 1970's - Mom, Dad, Johnny, Larry and Me (Barbara)
These are my 4 boys - Just like Barbara Boyd (my 4 times great grandmother) had four sons, so did I - Makes me feel a special connection to her too
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These are my 4 boys - Just like Barbara Boyd (my 4 times great grandmother) had four sons, so did I - Makes me feel a special connection to her too
The most recent photo taken of me with my 14 year old son - summer of 2014
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The most recent photo taken of me with my 14 year old son - summer of 2014

It Seems to be a Family Trait - I Love the Arts!

This former Country Music Contributor for Squidoo, is still Proud to be Supporting Country Music as a country music reviewer

© 2014 Barbara Tremblay Cipak Last updated on September 18, 2014

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Have You Researched Your Own Family History? 98 comments

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Brite-Ideas 2 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

Thanks Sandy - we have similar ancestry then :)


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SandyMertens 2 weeks ago from Frozen Tundra Level 3 Commenter

I have Welsh, English and French in my nationality. Wonderful to explore your family history. The photos of your family is a treasure.


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Brite-Ideas 4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

my goodness, you and I have all the same nationalities in our family line - Scottish, English and French! - who knows, we could have distance relatives in common


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Wednesday-Elf 4 weeks ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

I haven't researched my family history very much, but know that both my maternal grandparents were Scottish, with ancestors coming from Aberdeen and settling in Canada. My maternal grandfather was born in Toronto and came to New York State in his teens. On my dad's side his ancestors came from England, but his mother had some French relatives from Quebec. It's interesting and I've been thinking quite a bit lately about looking into it further.


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Brite-Ideas 5 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@jimmythejock, this comment alone makes me so glad I'm now on hubpages! I just read this to my husband and his jaw dropped..what are the odds that you live so close to where my ancestors are from. Crazy stuff. Love it. In fact, about 4 days ago, I was googling Beith to see where it was and what it looked like. in fact I watched a video on youtube to learn more about it. This is another nice coincidence to add to my story - and I just added the one about one of my four sons sharing the same birthday with one of my 5 times great grandmother's four sons (my namesake too, Barbara)


 
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jimmythejock 5 weeks ago from Scotland Level 1 Commenter

Wow! on more than one count I love stories of family history and your family have a very interesting tale to tell, Strange that all of this started with a dream.

I just have to say that I live about a 20 minute drive from Beith and that I used to work in a factory there, right next to the whisky bond. I also live around the same distance from Kilmarnock, my brother actually lives there.

my children love to visit Dean Park country center, and castle.

I wonder if our ancestors ever met or fought together with William Wallace.

Thanks for sharing this.....jimmy


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Brite-Ideas 3 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thank you Grammieo :)


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GrammieOlivia 3 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Great lens and so deserving of LoTD! Congratulations on a great family tree and lens.


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Brite-Ideas 6 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Gypzeerose: really appreciate that :)


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Gypzeerose 6 months ago Level 4 Commenter

I think genealogy is wonderful, and I appreciate your personal search. Pinned to my genealogy board.


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Brite-Ideas 6 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Andromachi: that's sad that your records were burnt! but on Ancestry sometimes other people have records that happen to match your family history (if you're sure it's your family line)


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Andromachi 6 months ago Level 4 Commenter

I really enjoyed your lens. I felt jealous of you. I wish I could find so many things about my family history as well. However I don't think that would be easy here in Greece. I don't believe I could find the necessairy records because everything was burnt in my home town 100 years ago


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lollyj lm 7 months ago from Washington KS Level 1 Commenter

Wonderful lens!! Family history is a fascinating topic.


AlleyCatLane 7 months ago

Loved reading about your family history! Isn't genealogy fascinating? I do believe the soul knows where it is going and that there is no such thing as coincidences. I believe everything happens for a purpose. Your Dad was reaching out to you in your dream, I am sure. Wonderful, wonderful!!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Heather426: that's fascinating!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@changrcoacher: you've lived a lifetime from the time you were born, I hope you can find the answers you surely deserve - blessings to you


changrcoacher 7 months ago

Timing....I'm just now in the process! I had two (2) goals; to find out who my father was and why my family didn't keep me. I was given away when I was eight (8). My 8 year old memory remembered many people, many places, a couple of orphanages and being delivered to live with with preachers. Then chaos, abuse and, most importantly, survival! Maybe I'll write about it.

Your story is fascinating, romantic and wonderful. Thank you for this lens....


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Heather426 7 months ago from Amarillo, Texas Level 1 Commenter

@Brite-Ideas: actually both of my parents were descended from royalty so I have done my line way back in history on both sides. It's easier if they are royal since there are more records. According to Geni and Ancestry, Solomon was also my up the line great grandfather. :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Sensuintell: wow, that's pretty fascinating too - thanks for reading !


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Sensuintell 7 months ago

I have researched part of my family roots (my father's side), and oddly enough a VERY distant cousin whom I actually came to work with (he is a Mormon) told me that we are descended from the same Mormon grandfather. It was incredible to learn that, so I know how excited you must have been to make your discoveries. Congratulations!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@AnitaJax: thanks very much


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BarbRad 7 months ago from Templeton, CA Level 3 Commenter

I know little of my family history except my mother's family dates back to the American Revolution nd my dad's family has Scotch-Irish roots. Since we are the last of our family line, I saw no reason to go digging. I'm glad you were able to find how you related to your family history.


genderyc 7 months ago

has a very complete family photo from time to time very enjoyable. we do not have time for it.


anonymous 7 months ago

I honestly can't say I have but it is an intriguing idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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Heidi Vincent 7 months ago from GRENADA Level 7 Commenter

Lovely family history, Brite-Ideas! There are no co-incidences. So I believe that dream was a wonderful ancestral awakening. Congratulations on winning the LOTD, also! My family history is a bit difficult to trace back that far, though, given that I am a descendant of African slaves who were shipped off to the Caribbean.


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SteveKaye 7 months ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 4 Commenter

Yes, I've researched my family history. I think it's important to do this because our history connects us with our ancestors. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.


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fyrdragon350 7 months ago

ironically i found most of the information i have to date from my father's side of the family 2 years after he passed away and realized that everything he had told me growing up was true. none of his siblings nor himself are listed in the family genealogy which makes me wonder if that's because they were given up for adoption, but nevertheless it's very nice to find more about who you are because of their ancestry...nice lens


AnitaJax 7 months ago

What a poignant way to remember your father. Seeing how one's fore bearers weathered the storms of history can be fascinating. Best wishes for continued success in your research.


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Ibidii: Well this is fascinating too! You were also led by a dream ...gheesh...now that's amazing! thanks for commenting - I'll visit some of your lenses later this evening!


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Ibidii 7 months ago from Northern California Level 6 Commenter

Congratulations on LotD Barbara! I have been doing FH for 10 years+ and have a tree on Ancestry.com. I have posted lenses about FH as well. I love it is an understatement! Your lens is great! I am sure that your Dad is very happy that you followed through on the dream to find this information and keep it in your heart! My Grandma came to me in a dream about FH as well. It's great to have that connection. I am sorry for your loss Barbara. Hugs to you! :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Corrinna-Johnson: so sorry about your mom - can't even imagine how hard this is, to have to go through the family home - we haven't had to go down that road yet - thanks for the lovely comment, and I think the soul knows as well..all of these events have been so wild (the dream, the research, going on the quest, finally writing about it, which I wasn't going to do, and LOTD...crazy stuff!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@writerkath: Kathy thank you and wouldn't be the least bit surprised if we're related through ancestry - in fact I'll be more surprised if we aren't! lol


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Elsie Hagley: thank you :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Mary Crowther: thank you :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Kim Milai: it is an emotional journey to do this - and time consuming - I'm a paid member of Ancestry :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Zeross4: thank you


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Donna Cook: good luck with your searches - it's so addictive once we start our searches - I ended up becoming a paid member because I had completed so much work and didn't want to lose it!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Charlino99: This Scot says thank you and hello!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@serendipity831: thank you - you are bang on with what you said about how you never get over it and it just becomes a part of you :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@ecogranny: it's so addictive once you start working on this stuff, it's hard to stop cross referencing and comparing when you get going on this!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@esmonaco: I think you're right! somehow someone wants me to know this - because otherwise I would never know this stuff!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Margaret Schindel: Margaret you're a wonderful, kind and a very hard working soul! thank you for taking the time to comment and read - very appreciated <3


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@vsajewel: thank you - it was written to leave to the kids and their family after I'm gone - hope they can always read this and know where they've come from


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Virginia Allain: that should be an interesting search - there are still so many blanks on other lines I have to fill in - that dream I had just stayed with me, almost until I searched all of this out - crazy, lol


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writerkath 7 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Hi Barbara! Congrats on LotD! I'll have to ask my father in law if there are any descendents from St. Lazares for his family. I do know they were from Quebec as well... Wouldn't it be funny if you and my husband were cousins a gajillion times removed! :)


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Corrinna-Johnson 7 months ago from BC, Canada Level 3 Commenter

Sorry about the loss of your dad. My own mom just passed away 6 months ago. I have been sorting through my parents home of 40 years and finding all kinds of pieces of history about my family and pictures that I have never seen before. Such a treasure! I believe there are no such things as coincidences, everything happens for a reason! You are right, the soul knows! And of course, your dad is right alongside you guiding the way. Beautiful article!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@MariaMontgomery: thank you for this wonderful comment and for reading this page with such interest, I appreciate that! You want to hear something interesting - I have a McPherson in our lineage as well - in this story, Robert Kerr King Sr's mother was Agnes McPherson back to the 1700's I believe but we haven't been able to track down her parents names yet! maybe we're related too as I am via ancestry with someone else here - Squidoo is such a fascinating place to write and learn!


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Virginia Allain 7 months ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

I'm working away on my Tower/Stone/McGhee/Kennedy/Martin/Vining lines. Haven't had any dreams about it yet.

You've showcased your findings well here.


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Merrci: thanks Merrci, you're so right..when I saw that lake I my jaw just hung open in shock - thanks for reading and the comment too :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@fullofshoes: This I found fascinating! that our ancestors can be traced back to the same ancestor - gheesh we never know what we'll find on Squidoo!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thank you :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@delia-delia: So many of use seem to have lineage from Scotland and France, lol - we're probably all related in some crazy way too ! thank you for the comment and it should be fascinating to see what else comes from this lens (in terms of other ancestry relations)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Wednesday-Elf: you have an extensive and interesting lineage and so many places to research! thank you for such an interesting comment!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: that should be an interesting search for you - and you're so right about following our intuition


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Amanda Howdeshell: You have a very extensive and interesting family history, fascinating!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Seasons Greetings: sounds like you went to school with my first cousin? if that's the case it really is a very small world! thanks for taking the time to comment :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Craftymarie: Thanks Marie for such a well thought out and kind comment, and I think you're right in what you say - that the people we love never really leave us


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@linfcor: sorry for your loss as well and thank you for the lovely comment


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@MarcellaCarlton: That is fascinating! I too have so many other wonderful connections on other lines, but my goodness it is a full time job just putting it all together - you come from Kings, I love it :)


MarcellaCarlton 7 months ago

Yes, my Grandmother's side is full of Royalty. You mentioned Robert the Bruce above. I'm a direct descendant. Charlemange, also a direct descendant, John Baliol is a descendant, in fact King Henry the VIII is my third cousin 15 times removed. I'm related to Kings of Sweden and William the Conquer. It is all to much fun to do this genealogy. Very nice lens.


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vsajewel 7 months ago

Working on it now. So sorry about your Dad...it's so hard. I so appreciate your story, with all the little turns and surprises. I suspect your work will be appreciated by scores of new generations!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Heather426: Heather426 - Edward Longshanks, wow that's pretty amazing too - thanks for your checking your geneology on this - on Ancestry it shows him as a different relative (grandfather line, but it there's conflicting data on a few sources)


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Heather426 7 months ago from Amarillo, Texas Level 1 Commenter

yes, extensively. Here is what Geni sent to me regarding Robert Boyd: Sir Robert Boyd II is your second cousin 25 times removed. But sadly Edward Longshanks was one of my great grandfathers.


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Margaret Schindel 7 months ago from Massachusetts Level 6 Commenter

Barbara dear, this is an absolutely extraordinary piece of work written straight from the heart. No wonder it was selected as today's LOTD - it's outstanding!!! Fascinating, touching, very personal to you and your family and yet something that nearly every reader can relate to at some level. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful gift with us and congratulation on your well deserved LOTD honors, my friend! <3


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esmonaco 7 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

A wonderful story and I'm so glad you are finding more as you go. My opinion is, that you were meant to have that dream only to find more, as it led you to more family history. Some how somebody wants you to know this. Congratulations on LOTD!!


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ecogranny 7 months ago from San Francisco Level 7 Commenter

A little. I only started really digging into documentation about a year ago, although I've been intrigued with family stories and lore all my life.


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serendipity831 7 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Level 2 Commenter

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I find you never really get over a loss, just becomes a part of you. Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on LOTD!


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Donna Cook 7 months ago from Denver, Colorado USA Level 6 Commenter

Great lens! Yes I have, thanks to free days on Ancestry.com. So far, I've only gotten to the mid 1800's, my great grandparents on my Dad's side in Bohemia. There are probably church records like baptism, marriage, and death in Blovice and Obenice. I would like to visit those towns to look.


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Charlino99 7 months ago from USA Level 1 Commenter

Beautiful contribution to history and the arts~ From one sister Scot to another.


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Zeross4 7 months ago Level 5 Commenter

This was great, wonderful story!


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MariaMontgomery 7 months ago from Central Florida, USA Level 5 Commenter

I have been on Squidoo for almost 3 years, now. This is the only lens that drew me in, to the point that I read with chin in hand. I am very interested in history in general, and in genealogy in particular. Unfortunately, my parents never talked about their ancestry. They and my grandparents are gone now, so I have been questioning my remaining aunts and uncles for information. I, too, have a Scottish ancestry. My mom's mom was a Lawson. Her mom was a McPherson. That's as far back as I can remember right now. I remember visiting the graves of my great grandparents. One headstone said simply "Jalie, wife of so & so." It made me angry that her full name wasn't given, but that of her husband was. Congrats on the LOTD. It's a wonderful feeling. And good luck on your search.


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Merrci 7 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on a well deserved LotD, Barbara. It was so interesting to read about your history, and even more so to see how you got there. Amazing dream that one!!! I like thinking that God would give our loved ones ways to connect with us, to give us surprises now and then, even when they can't be with us in person. Can't imagine how it must have felt to see the lake from your dreams! Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us. It's inspiring.


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fullofshoes 7 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I haven't kept up with my family history although it's something that I want to do... my mother's side was traced by a family member all the way back to Europe. Looks as though our Canadian ancestors can be traced back to the same ancestors of Ray Bourque :) It's amazing what you find.

I love your story and applause for your LOTD !


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GrammieOlivia 7 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Great Job, and yes, my father did the research on his family about 5 years before he passed, it is really interesting and rewarding to know your roots! Congrats on LoTD!


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delia-delia 7 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! Your story and interest is right up my ally! Great story here, keep it up! I've researched for close to 50yrs, and because of Squidoo I've been able to have closure on some of my questions, this from people contacting me from other countries after reading my family lenses. There is no coincidence, everything happens for a purpose.

I just found out I have a connection to Scotland and France...I'm from Germany so searching is hard because so much has been destroyed....


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Wednesday-Elf 7 months ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

Very intriguing. Especially how a dream began your search into such interesting family history. I've not researched my family history, but have always known that my maternal grandfather came from Toronto (after his family had immigrated to Canada from Scotland) and eventually settled in New York State where my mother was born. When, as a teen, I remember asking my dad about his heritage, he said he was English and Dutch and, he'd heard somewhere, a little bit of French... but he didn't know where that came from. Well, many years later some distant relative on my father's side of the family did a brief bit of research and I accidentally learned that my paternal grandmother (whom I never knew) had ancestors who came from Quebec! The French side was then explained, albeit a very tiny bit. :-) Now you are getting me interested. I may have to begin a search to learn more..... Congrats on LotD. Very well done!


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Diana Wenzel 7 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

A beautiful journey of discovery and connection. Goes to show we should always follow our intuition when something like a dream stirs us to action. I started researching my family history quite a few years ago and have found it very rewarding. Now I would like to visit the places that represent my roots (mostly in Norway and Germany).


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Amanda Howdeshell 7 months ago from Florida

I love your story! Finding your family history is so exciting.

I traced my father's paternal line back to Alsace, France. I traced another line back to Germany. Another back to Sweden. The earliest records I found were the late 1300's. I love knowing my roots!


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Seasons Greetings 7 months ago from Ontario, Canada Level 4 Commenter

I went to school with a David Tremblay. He was into family history as well. I could never get too far into my own. I know there are Griffins, Lamonts, Earles, Scherles, Armbrusters and another name which I can't remember right now. It was interesting to find out about those people.


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Kim Milai 7 months ago

I have and its been a emotional journey for me as well. Your telling of the story is wonderful to read. Have you tried ancestry.com? I got a lot of information there.


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Craftymarie 7 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Congratulations on a very special article that has made LOTD. It is amazing how a dream shaped your discoveries with your family history - that is more than just a dream, that was like some kind of spiritual message meant just for you. I am so very lucky to still have my parents and I can feel how hard it must have been for you with your Father passing away but I really do believe that the people we love never really and truly leave us. Memories and spiritual moments like your dream are comforts that can stay forever. No one can take those away. Enjoy this well deserved recognition, Barbara.


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linfcor 7 months ago from Spring Hill Florida Level 3 Commenter

I lost my Dad in 2013 also, and this lens touched my heart. We sisn;t have the same history as your family, but the celebration of your family was truely inspiring


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kislanyk 7 months ago from Cyprus Level 1 Commenter

Wow what a fascinating story, thanks for telling and I loved looking at the photos! I do believe in the power of dreams, btw.

And congrats on your well deserved LOTD!


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Mary Crowther 7 months ago from Havre de Grace Level 3 Commenter

I love your story and how great to find special family connections. Congrats on LOTD!!!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Pam Irie: Thanks Pam, it was all such a surprise to just learn this at this stage of life


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Pam Irie 7 months ago from Land of Aloha Level 4 Commenter

What a wonderful discovery for you! I've done some research. It is always fascinating to learn new things about where you come from. :)


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Jerzimom: Thanks Cheryl, very sorry about your dad too


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Jerzimom 7 months ago from Ladysmith, WI Level 5 Commenter

My sister does genealogy in our family so I learn alot from her. Wow - amazing lens your put together about your family heritage. The beginning though about your Dad was touching. It gave me a few tears. I miss my Dad. He's been gone since 2002.


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ReviewsfromSandy 7 months ago from Wisconsin Level 2 Commenter

Nice to learn about your family history.


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Elsie Hagley 7 months ago from New Zealand Level 7 Commenter

Yes I have research family records on both side of my family, have learnt a lot but still working on other links. I enjoyed reading about your ancestors and wish you all the best n your future findings.


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BritFlorida 8 months ago from Fort Lauderdale Level 6 Commenter

Oh, what lovely article. It made my eyes water a lot. I've researched my family history and it's totally and utterly fascinating. (Not because of any famous ancestors - they were all incredibly 'ordinary'). My dad will be ninety this year and I can't even bear the thought of losing him. But knowing the old bugger, I'm sure he will outlive me :) I hope so.


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Brite-Ideas 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@David Stone1: David I guess every journey is a different one that's for sure - I know so many that have a similar story to you as well - thanks for the nice thought that Dad has graduated to 'inspiration' - what a peaceful thought


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David Stone1 8 months ago from New York City Level 7 Commenter

Nope. My fragmented family really hasn't grabbed me, probably because I kept a good distance from my immediate family from a young age. Never burned the connections.

In reference to your story, it seems likely that your dad is letting you know he's around by being inspiration for your further discovery of the roots that made you who you are.


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Brite-Ideas 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@roberta-chartierhogan: Bert, thanks you so much, lots of love to you xxoo


roberta-chartierhogan 8 months ago

Great job Barb and l love the pictures to. Thanks :) xo


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Brite-Ideas 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada Hub Author

@Nancy Hardin: thanks nancy - that's terrific :)


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Nancy Hardin 8 months ago from Las Vegas, NV Level 7 Commenter

Barbara, this is a wonderful history of your family, and since it IS history, it's going on my Facebook page and my blog. Wonderful story, and I do believe the soul knows where it's going.


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Susan Zutautas 8 months ago from Ontario, Canada Level 5 Commenter

How very interesting! I've not done a lot of research but feel if I don't soon my sons won't have any idea where they came from. I think I really should start my own research project.

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