Bill's Genealogy Blog

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

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I was an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. In recent months I was director of this FHC. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Monday, May 16, 2011

Slave Lake Fire
There is nothing that restores one's sense of perspective more sharply than a disaster.

A town of about 8000 people has been nearly burned off the map by wild fires! By most published estimates 30%-40% of the town has been reduced to ashes. Fortunately, there have been no deaths or injuries reported.

My daughter's family live at Wabasca, north east of Slave Lake, where she teaches kindergarten for the Big Stone Cree nation. Part of the Big Stone Cree have already been evacuated, and I pray that Evelyn's family will be evacuated before they are in imminent danger. This is a heavily forested area with only two roads into it. I am very concerned for their safety.

At this point nothing else is as important.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/hundreds-of-buildings-burn-down-in-slave-lake-alta-forest-fires/article2022761/

http://www.canada.com/life/Slave+Lake+Alta+devastated+wildfire/4789892/story.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/05/16/slave-lake-fire-evacuation.html

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