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.
Since April 2010, I have served 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

Friday, July 10, 2009

My cousin Darlene from Neepawa, Manitoba, is off to see "all things Buchanan" by touring the area our family came from in the western part of County Tyrone, Ireland around Castlederg. Then she will be touring the Buchanan Parish, Stirlingshire, Scotland and nearby areas. (An envious green does nothing for my complexion!) I look forward to her report and her photos in August. As one of her favorite cousins ... maybe she will let me post some here! A friend loaned me a copy of her newly-purchased book "Google your Family Tree" by Daniel M. Lynch. So I am reading it and trying some Google tricks that I need to use more often. In the past I had used "word1 * word2" as a great way of looking for people, where the wildcard character "*" can match any character or group of characters. e.g. "John * Watson" will find John H. Watson, John Henry Watson, John Robert Watson, etc. This time it occurred to me to try the * in place of "Township" or any of its abbreviations. So I tried one of several possibilities: Buchannan "Elma * Ontario". I was pleasantly surprised to find the website of a distant cousin: This site contains excellent history on the Acheson family, who were friends of my Buchanans back in Ireland and later the two families intermarried. There are scanned copies of obits, etc. It was a nice find. Thanks Google, and thanks Jim! Now a little local news from Eastman's Online Genealogy News "Edmonton's Photo Archives are now Online The city of Edmonton, Alberta has placed more than 10,000 photos from the city archives online. The collection is expected to grow to more than 25,000 photographs. The most requested photo in the archives collection depicts a train parked on the Low Level Bridge during the flood of 1915 to keep the bridge from being swept away. ..." Personally, I like the photos of a team of moose pulling a driver in a cart! But I am sure there are tons of interesting photos. Image Number: EA-10-1187 Image Title: Moose Team (Pete & Nellie) at Edmonton Exhibition 1910-1911 Dates of Creation: 1910 Description: W. R. "Billy" Day Owner & Driver Photographer / Creator: George D. Clark


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