I am thrilled to be able to profile another Canadian genealogist. Thanks, Carol for your entry.
Date 30 June 2011
Name Carol Cacciapuoti
Hometown Bolton Ontario Canada
Are you a Hobbyist or Professional Genealogist? Hobbyist
What is your day job? Homemaker
How long have you been chasing ancestors? 12 Years
How did you get hooked on genealogy? I always had the interest since I was a child, but never delved into genealogy until 1986, when a cousin wrote a book, and another cousin did a huge family tree. That is when I started asking older relatives for information.
What, if any, formal or informal studies have you undertaken that are relevant to genealogical research?My first computer was purchased in 1999 and after my daughter showed me the basics, I was off and running, in a search for my Irish and English ancestors. I had no studies at all, just prayers to God to guide me in my search. I met a super nice lady, who worked on my family, in Ontario, and she helped me with information and documents from the archives, she has since passed on and is missed very much.
What are your areas of Expertise in Genealogy?
I do very well in England and Ireland, and in Canada, especially Ontario, all by computer.
Please outline your involvement in Genealogy Societies and Groups.I am not involved in any groups as I have no time, with doing the Bookkeeping for a small family business. I belong to Facebook groups and help when I can.
What are the lands of your ancestors? Paternal- Leicestershire, England and Manitoba
Maternal- Ireland, Scotland, Huron County, Ontario and Manitoba
What Family Names are you Researching? Paternal: Cleaver, Ward, Fitchett,
Maternal: Graham, Henry/ Henery, Marks, Wiggett, Robinson ( have a contact)
There are extended Family names, but I haven't expanded on them as yet.
Who is your favourite ancestor? Why?My favourite ancestor is my Paternal Great Grandfather, James Cleaver, who helped me, (after a prayer to him) to start my search for the Cleavers in The Midlands, England, as I had thought we were Irish and could find nothing in Ireland.
What ancestral city or town would you like to visit? Why?Paternal: Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, where the Cleavers originated from 1700s to mid 1850's then to Leicester, Leicestershire, and Birmigham, Warwickshire, where my Grandfather was born.
Maternal: Cavan County, Ireland where my Henry Family lived, from approximately 1825 to 1838, and Enniskillen ,Fermanaugh, Ireland, where my Grt Grt Grt Grandfather died, in 1858.
What is your favourite resource for genealogy? My favourite resource is Family Search.org and also Ancestry.ca, with Genes Reunited very good also.
Do you keep your genealogy files on paper? Yes
Do you keep your genealogy files on a computer? Yes
What genealogy software do you use to record your family tree?Presently I am using Ancestry.ca, but I do have an old Family Tree maker partially done, on my old computer.
Do you have your tree posted on the internet? No
What Social Networking Sites do you use for genealogy?Ancestry, Facebook, Genes Reunited, Other
Do you have a blog? No
What are your Other Hobbies, Activities, Interests?
What is your favourite lesiure time activity apart from genealogy?Computer and cooking for a big family
What is your favourite (non genealogy) book? Jean Auel Prehistoric series
What is your personal philosophy in a few words ?Pray often, thank God for each sunrise, do what makes you happy, respect the elders in your family, keep your family united, and look at each day as a new experience
If you have anything else to share please add it below.I am not a professional, blessed with a good husband, Mom of five daughters and a son, Grandmother of eight Grandchildren, and Great Grandmother to two little girls.
I am blessed with our family, friends, good health per se, and strong "pioneer" genes that keep me optimistic and always wanting to learn more.