This website began as an effort to catalogue and expand upon the research of my mother as well as to become acquainted with those long ago deceased ancestors captured in the photo collection of my mother-in-law. The project has developed well beyond this initial material and includes contributions from countless individuals, many of whom have surfaced as a result of stumbling across this website. While there are many people who deserve recognition and acknowledgement for their contributions, for the most part, this has not been posted here due to a commitment to exclude living individuals from this online project. I hope that I have succeeded in personally expressing my gratitude and I look forward to connecting with more relatives, genealogy enthusiasts and history buffs in the future.
From North Dakota to Spalding, Saskatchewan. In the decade prior to 1920, many families in North Dakota migrated north to settle crown land on the Canadian prairies. Ancestors that joined the wagon trains included King's, Ballard's, Fielder's who headed to Spalding, Saskatchewan.
My Adventures in the West. Joseph Wegley was born to farmers in Ohio in 1867. He grew up dreaming of being a cowboy. His self-written biography, reproduced here with the permission of his descendents, describes his exciting and humourous experiences in the Wild West.
Canadian Horological Institute. Henry Playtner, founder and director of the Canadian Horological Institute, remains world reknown for his contributions to the field of watchmaking and the accomplishments of his graduates.
Bleidenrod, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. After several years of effort, the homeland of Henry Wurm and Elizabeth Lein has been located in what is now the town of Homberg (Ohm) in the county of Vogelsberg.
Bible. The family bible of Georg Adam Gaiser, Crediton, Ontario, has been located. Includes record of marriage, births, deaths and family letters commencing in 1854.
The Murder of Nellie Carlaw. A newspaper account of the disappearance of Nellie Carlaw. She was last seen on June 13, 1865. Remains discovered at her residence 12 years later. Printed in the Confederate, Mount Forest, Ontario. Minister suspected in death.
The German Immigrant Henry Heise (1842 - 1917) An essay considering the German immigrant Henry Heise, with reference to primary social, genealogical, and business records. It concludes with a description of Heise, as related in the oral tradition of his descendents, together with a comment on the implications of this tradition.
The Eckardt Pioneers of Markham Township as told by A.J.H. Eckardt. "I was born in Unionville, Ontario, 70 years ago last November 4 th, where also was born my father, the late William Eckardt, on March 11 th, 1824, and his father in 1798. My great-grandfather, Philip Eckhardt..."
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Last time I checked, the online database featured 29,700 individuals and 10,400 families (see stats). A few families are listed below.
Ballard The Ballard family tree spans North America. Our closest line settled in North Dakota. From there some Ballard's, engaged in farming, moved to central Saskatchewan in the early 1900's to escape drought.
Bean/Biehn The Biehn's (spelling variation Bean) are descendent of German speaking Mennonites who migrated from Pennsylvania settling in southwestern Ontario, particuliarly Waterloo County and surrounding areas.
Bergey Bergey ancestors were German speaking Mennonites who migrated from Pennsylvania settling in southwestern Ontario, particuliarly Waterloo County.
Carlaw Descendents of James Carlaw and Isabella Ferguson, immigrants who left Stirlingshire, Scotland about 1840 settling first in the United States before making permanent home in West Garafraxa Township, Wellington County, Ontario.
Fielder Until recently research of our Fielder ancestory hit a dead end at Henry Emil Fielder who married Frances "Emma" Hobart. We have discovered that this ancestry is the Fiedler's of Langewiesen, Germany.
Finkbeiner Finkbeiner is a common name in the small southwestern Ontario town of Crediton. Immigrant ancestor, Michael Finkbeiner, originated from Baiersbronn-Obertal in the former state of Wurtemberg, Germany.
Gaiser The Gaiser's also settled in Crediton, Ontario. This database includes three separate Gaiser families, two of which married into the Schwartz family of Crediton several generations ago. The two immigrant Gaiser families originated from Wuerttemberg, Germany as did many of the early Crediton settlers.
Gubberud This ancestoral line starts with Kristoffer Kjetilsson of Bjørndalen farm in the parish of Sigdal, Buskerud County, Norway. With the help of a distant cousin, we have been able to present the descendency from Kristoffer's birth in 1750, through the emigration to North Dakota in 1885, to the eventual homesteading of his great-grandchildren in Spalding, Saskatchewan.
Hallman These Hallman's are descendent of German speaking Mennonites who migrated from Pennsylvania settling in southwestern Ontario, particuliarly Waterloo County and surrounding areas.
Harper Immigrant ancestors James Harper and Janet Hunter arrived in Ontario from Scotland in the mid 1800s with their two eldest children in tow. The Harper family settled in Markham Township, Ontario.
Hobart Emma Hobart was the daughter of one of the earliest pioneers of Fairchild, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She married Henry Emil Fielder.
McGillivray Ann McGillivray was born at the Isle of Mull, Scotland in 1830. She married John Pool and raised the family in Markham Township, Ontario. Helen Pool, a daughter of this union, married into the Hastings line.
Rupp The Rupp family are among the early German settlers of Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario. Individuals featured in this database are descendents of Ontario born ancestors Heinrich Rupp and Louisa Rau.
Olson The Olson family is descendent of Ole Haroldson born 1820 in Bang Prestegjeld, Norway and Ingrid Olsdotter born 1822 in Bang Prestegjeld, Norway. Immigrant descendents of this couple first settled in Vang, North Dakota. Some later migrated to central Saskatchewan.
South The South family history and the Ballard family history are closely related. Much information regarding these ancestors has been uncovered through the efforts of Merle R. Price.
Summerfeldt The Summerfeldt line is believed to be descendent of John Henry Sommerfeldt born in 1760. Their ancestors are among the earliest settlers of Markham Township, Ontario joining the Berczy Settlers in the late 1700s as they settled the wilderness north of Toronto.
Wurm Henry Wurm and Elizabeth Lein came to Ontario from Bleidenrod, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany which is now part of the town of Homberg (Ohm) in the county of Vogelsbergkreis. The couple first settled in Waterloo County before becoming among the earliest settlers of Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario. Almost all the Wurm's currently residing in Ontario are descendent of Henry Wurm or his siblings.