Tracing Your Family History: Unearthing Your Deepest Roots #bloganuary

On my father’s side, we’re Welsh, and on my mother’s side, we’re Irish.

On both sides, we’ve retraced my family history with quite a bit of detail. Her cousins and first cousins researched my mother’s family history, tracing it back to when the Edgars lived in Derry, Ireland. A kind of Edgar family “event” went on in recent months and years when the family used Facebook to celebrate their family history.

It may have been Sammy Edgar who wrote the full account of the Edgars’ immigration to Canada.

The hit Netflix series Derry Girls, about growing up in Derry in the nineties, is a worthy tribute to a fascinating land. It’s great that Derry, Ireland inspired it.

Obviously, the title is reminiscent, in my humble opinion, of Canada’s Trailer Park Boys show of the 2000s. In spite of this, I have family in Moncton, New Brunswick, which is a funny irony. That’s my father’s side, however.

An alcoholic is thought to be one of my forefathers who left Ireland and immigrated to Canada in order to escape creditors. I live on the same street in St. Catharines where my mother played as a child, as she spent some of her childhood a stone’s throw away from this apartment building.

Likewise, my godfather’s mother lived just up the street. On the outskirts of St. Catharines, my dad owns a cemetery, and my godfather grew up on adjacent land. https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited/

They became Americans after my godfather married my father’s only sister. He has penned several books. The family has a bonafide writer, so I have to be careful about what I write.

As on the Edgar side of the family, my godfather has written the story of the Olivers’ family history.

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