Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Thursday, November 15, 2007

One of the genealogy newsletters I subscribe to is Treasure Maps Genealogy. It's author is Robert Ragan, best known for his "Pyjama Genealogy" books and instructional videos. has loads of free help. Guess what! He has launched a new website where you can view three instructional videos for free, if you have broadband internet. (My satellite system is too slow for continuous play back, but if you you have any sort of broadband internet, please take the 15 minutes and watch these and show them to others.) In fact it would be good for the FHCs to have a link to this site, at least for as long as these videos remain available. They are full of helpful tips for internet searches. The third video link takes you to YouTube, where you can watch some additional genealogy video clips, including some instructional videos. or use this URL: Enjoy! _____________________________________________________________________ On CBC radio yesterday they reported the visit of Hannah Taylor to an Edmonton Elementary school. Hannah is 11 years old, and when she was 7 she started a foundation to help homeless people. (See the foundation website below.) The Ladybug Foundation My name is Hannah Taylor. I am 11 years old and I have started the Ladybug Foundation to help the homeless. Ladybugs are good luck and they are my mascot. ... The name of Hannah's great grandmother, Mabel Henry, will be familar to most of you. Mabel was one of my early role models in genealogy. Hannah's 2g grandfather was David James Watson, who wrote a lot of family stories, including the only surviving account of the big move of the Buchanan and Watson families from Elma township in Ontario to Manitoba in 1879. I don't know whether Hannah is interested in family history, but she is making history herself!