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General Information from Admin

Posted: 1404898883000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kerr, Henderson, Lewis, Corkill, Kidder, Wilkins

I hope everyone enjoyed or had a pleasant time during either their "Canada Day" or their "Independence Day."

I don't think this Society has been mentioned in a long time. It's the American-Canadian Genealogical Society:

And, I hope all of you weren't overly affected by the recent "cyber attack" suffered by It think it was over a week that we could not access that site. And, it might have been up to 2 weeks when the Boards were not working properly. Everything .seems. to be OK now.

BUT, while looking on-line for what the problem was, I discovered that "Ancestry" has purchased other genealogy sites. And they are changing several of them. One site which I don't use often enough, and am grateful for it is Because of the Message Boards, I have received important info about my relatives / ancestors. And, I have made contact with "cousins" and "step-cousins," etc. And, now "Ancestry" has decided that those Boards will be "read only" starting in September. I totally don't agree with that, but I am only one researcher.

By the way, if you have a problem with RootsWeb, most of the time, you can go to the home-page, and click on the HELP section. I think that is where they make announcements of problems.

Do you have "helpful hints" about research that others might be interested in?

To add genealogy to my post, I have 3 sets of ancestors with ties to Canada. For example, my KERR / HENDERSON ancestors in Argenteul Co., PQ, arrived in Canada in 1820's. And, my great-great-grandparents were born there in 1827, and their 5 children were born there. So, my great-grandfather was born there. Most of the family came down to Massachuseets in 1870's and 1880's.

And, then my LEWIS / CORKILL great-grandparents were born in Liverpool, England, in ~1860, and became part of the UK's Child Migrant Scheme. They arrived in Nova Scotia as teens in 1874 and 1875, and married there in 1879. Their first child was born there and then migrated to Massachusetts in 1881.

And my KIDDER / WILKINS great-great-great-grandfather was born in New Brunswick in 1799. In ~1830 he moved over to Calais, Maine, and started a branch of the KIDDER family in Washington County. And, 3 of his sons married women who were born in New Brunswick.

(I've been researching them for 20+ yrs., and I've posted about all of them for ~14 yrs.)

Oh, I should mention that there is a lot more information at this year (for free). So, you should search for your ancestors or relatives there and see if anything .new. comes up. During the past winter I found out tidbits of info that I wasn't even looking for.

Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA)

Board Administrator

(on Lists and Boards for ~14 yrs.; now an Admin for 11 Lists and 5 Boards)

FYI: When my LEWIS great-grandfather arrived in Nova Scotia and became a "British Home Child," there were 3 LEWIS girls on the ship with him. He was an only child so they were not related to him. After 10 yrs., I've never been able to find out what happened to those girls.

Oh, that reminds me: If looking for a child arriving during the 1860 to 1940 timeframe in Canada, don't forget he or she might have been a "child migrant." And, especially the young ones might have been adopted and had their name changed. (There were 5 CORKILL siblings arriving, the youngest were 5 and 3 yrs. old. They all went to different homes, and the young boys kept their names.

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