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Featured Provider: Family History Hound (familyhistoryhound)


Family History Hound (familyhistoryhound) says, “Genealogy is my passion, something that I’ve been doing for over ten years.” Located in Edmonton, she can visit major repositories including the Alberta Archives, Alberta Genealogical Society, City of Edmonton Archives, Edmonton Public School Archives and Alberta Land Titles.

1) How did you get started?

I started doing family history research about 10 years ago. For some, like me, this isn’t just a hobby. It’s a passion. Two years ago I started my website Family History Hound. I love to help people with their research.

2) Do you have a genealogy superpower?

I guess that would be my sleuthing skills. I have an expansive list of resources that I can access either locally or on the Internet.

3) Describe a challenging research problem you’re particularly proud of having solved.

One of my friends found out that her father had been married previously and that she might have siblings. I found a phone number for her half-brother and she was in touch with him and another brother within hours of my starting the research.

4) Tell us a favorite story about one of your ancestors.

Wow that’s a tough one as I believe that everyone has a story. See one below in question 5.

5) What’s the most interesting record source or repository you’ve utilized in your area?

I live in Edmonton so the Alberta Archives is only blocks away from my home. They have vital stats indexes, homestead records, church records and many more. One record that I found led to a brand new family story.

The record is call “Returning Soldier” collection. It was for documents pertaining to soldiers in World War I. I had three great grandfathers who fought in the war so I checked the index for their names. One ggrandfather was listed. The record was of a request by my ggrandmother for her husband to return after she and her children were in a train accident. Ultimately, the government agency denied my grandmother’s request. However, with the dates mentioned in the letters I was able to go to a newspaper account that was about the first train disaster in Alberta’s history and to an article about my ggrandmother and her 3 children (one being my grandfather). I was amazed as this was not a family story passed down.

6) What advice would you give to someone who is trying to break through a
 brick wall?

Never give up. You are a detective and you have to think of what other angle will offer you a new path to search.

7) What hobbies do you pursue when you’re not at the archives doing research?

There are other hobbies????

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