Thanks to readers who recommended it, I picked up a copy of The Diary of Dukesang Wong at my favourite local book store, McNally Robinson. It's a slim volume and an easy read - no more than 115 pages not including bibliography. It is the only first-person account of the life of a Chinese railway… Continue reading The families of old Canada: Dukesang Wong, Chue Ah Louie and Yip Sang
I had a hoot on Facebook Live this morning, announcing the winners of my book giveaway contest. For anyone who may have missed it, or would like to see it again, here is the video and the transcript. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPvqmHWJ9jU Transcript About me. I'm Linda, I am a genealogist based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I want… Continue reading And the winners are…
Enter the contest to win a free copy of my new book, and JOIN ME on Facebook LIVE @pastpresenceCanada when I'll tell some stories, thank everyone who's helped promote the contest, and choose the winners. This is going to be fun!
I found a surprising cache of documents this week: historic prisoner records for Kingston Penitentiary. In this post, I'll share two finding techniques for prisoner records at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and at sister site Héritage Canadiana (Héritage). As noted in previous posts, the two sites share information, but I'm still working out their… Continue reading The prisoners of Kingston Pen, 1843-1890
Big news: the brand new, all Canadian, virtual genealogy institute. Course 1: Immigration to Canada, coming July 18-23, 2021. Now open for registration.
My podcast interview on Research Like a Pro, with hosts Nicole Dyer and Diana Elder, released March 1, 2021.
It's been two weeks since I released my new e-book Getting started in Chinese genealogy: a family historian's step by step guide (even if you don't speak or read Chinese). In this post I'd like to share some feedback, an awesome video, and give you the chance to win a free copy of your own.… Continue reading My new book: Getting started in Chinese genealogy
Linda tries a few phrases in Chinese, and announces the release of her new book, "Getting started in Chinese genealogy"
I celebrate my 100K visitor with a retrospective on Past Presence, with a look behind the curtains, some stats, and lots of thank yous.
This is a post about the Fire Fighter Memorial, the men that are memorialized there, and the stories of those fires.