About

www.past-presence.com
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I wear many hats. I love creating: I’m a writer, a photographer, and a storyteller, as well as being a genealogist. I scan, store, and maintain a photo archive that currently has 33K+ pieces (but I’m always adding to it so by the time you read this, there will be more). I’ve had all kinds of jobs: front line fast food serving, commercial printing, utility billing, telephone soliciting, and executive assisting. I’m an entrepreneur. I have a huge family, and I also married a man with a huge family, so together we have an enormous family tree with roots in Canada, China, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and France.

In 2018, I joined the Saskatchewan and British Columbian Genealogy Societies and am privileged to act as a resource for both in Canadian Chinese genealogy.

Why am I obsessed with genealogy? Good question. I think it’s the detective work. I like applying logical reasoning and research into solving a family mystery. As well, I’m a big geek, so nothing fires me up like something new to learn. Finally, I’m a fan of the internet. When I first started out asking questions about my own family history, the answers I wanted were only available by travelling to the places where the records were stored. While it’s true that nothing can replace hands-on research, it’s also true that I can’t go off traipsing around the world on another genealogical exploration whenever I’ve got a spare hour or two. I can, however, scratch that itch by digging through an online archive. There are billions of records now available online, and more being added every day.

I hope you enjoy the site. Please leave me a comment and tell me why you stopped by.