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Hi there, and welcome to my site. I’m obsessed by genealogy. I love connecting people’s families together. Along the way, I’ve learned little known facts about a wide variety of topics – history, law, politics, geography, religion, culture, sociology, and much more – and have collected resources along the way.

My primary genealogical research interest is the history of the Chinese in Canada, from roughly 1880 to 1967.

I’ve also done research on a few other immigrants to Canada:

  • Icelanders in Manitoba
  • British immigrants in the Maritimes
  • French settlers who originated in Quebec and went… all over the place
  • Dutch families from Rotterdam
  • Mennonite families in SK

Why did I build this site?

In March, 2017, it occured to me that a website would be the perfect place to store all the links I’d found, as a kind of online genealogical resource library for my own work. I’d hoped also to share my knowledge, but frankly didn’t expect more than a handful of visitors.

What’s available for you?

I like free things. Genealogy can be an expensive pursuit, so I like to collect useful, free, content-rich sites, and have them in one place. As well, I like knowing why I should go to a site before I go, because research time is precious. That’s why all my links have an explanation of what you’ll find at the link. Finally, I don’t like wasting research time looking at dead links (I’m looking at you, RootsWeb), so I run a link-checker periodically to make sure the links are still live.

I’ve organized the information on this site in two rough categories: Resources (for general genealogy and history), and Chinese Canada, for resources specific to genealogical work relating to Chinese Canadians.

The Resources section is organized geographically. For example, there are sites for the country of Canada and there are sites for province-specifics, like this one for Saskatchewan only.

There’s also a page on my favourite Tech, and book reviews for general genealogy and for Chinese Canadian history.

Amazing things happen when you create something really, really niche

Incredible things have happened for me as a result of this site. Here’s the top three:

  1. I wrote a 6,000 word, 3-part essay on the history of the Chinese Immigration Act and how it affected Canadians, and
  2. CBC Radio Saskatoon invited me to talk about it, and
  3. Professor Kwong invited me as a guest lecturer for her class in Asian American Studies.

Don’t have the time to do your own tree?

Interested in doing your tree? Have a look at what people are saying about me here.

So thanks for visiting, and please feel free to use the comment section to ask questions. Who knows? Together, we might hold two pieces of the same puzzle.

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Do please see my privacy page at the link below, which is written as clearly as possible and lets you know what information this site collects, what is done with it, what you can do about it, and other super fun topics we all now need to consider in the age of Big Brother.