Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Joan Miller

My grandmother, Isabel Woodland Irvine is my favourite ancestor. She was an amazing woman who became a nurse, a 'mail order bride', and a midwife. She came west from Ontario (Canada) to join her new husband, William Irvine, my grandfather, on his homestead in Saskatchewan. Isabel became a midwife by necessity as there were no doctors available and delivered delivered over 30 babies. She kept her nurse's license active until she was 65 years old. She wrote extensively about the homesteading life and recorded the family history. She even wrote on the backs of old photos :)

Peterhead, Scotland and the area where my maternal grandmother, Lizzie Wilson grew up. I'd also like to visit northern Ireland where there are more ancestral roots.
Tough question - there are so many great resources. I subscribe to most of the large online genealogy databases. Social media is a valuable resource. Ask a question and a genealogy friend will know the answer.

FTM mostly, but also have Rootsmagic and Legacy on the computer. I like them all for different reasons.

http://www.luxegen.ca (see FAMILY TREE)

Ancestry, Facebook, GenealogyWise, Geni, LinkedIn, Twitter

Travel, soccer (yes Joan still plays!), books, Toastmasters (public speaking and leadership), science, theatre.


Too many to list

Live life to the fullest. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Give back. Family is number one.

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