July Thunders Through Our Yard

“Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled,
as through the myriad halls of some vast temple in the sky;
fiercer and brighter came the lightning;
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Arlene Stafford-Wilson

You May be Irish if...

The Top Ten Ways to tell if you’re Irish:

1. You have the ‘gift of gab’. There is an ancient rock near Cork, Ireland at Blarney Castle and they say that anyone who kisses the stone will have the gift of gab. 714 more words

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

Groundhog Blues in Lanark County

Even though the winter solstice had passed months before, the days in Lanark County were still short and dark and lifeless for the most part. It seemed as though the cold months ahead stretched out with no end in sight, like the long, heavy trains that thundered and chugged down the tracks, back the side road. 818 more words

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

Celebrating 200 Years of History

The Perth, Ontario Military Settlement was founded in 1816, and as part of the local celebrations for the 200th anniversary in 2016, many of the nearby communities will be collecting local stories for publication in commemorative books. 155 more words

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

Free Online Searchable Family History Forums

A genealogy ‘forum’ is a website where you can research in a safe, friendly and helpful environment. On most of these sites registration is free, and there are members who are dedicated to assisting all genealogists, whether they are beginners or experienced researchers. 373 more words

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

Free Online Searchable World Census Records - Find Your Ancestor

Census records give a snapshot of who your ancestors were and how your ancestor lived. Census records are a government sponsored enumeration or counting of the population of a given area. 674 more words

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

Genealogy Tip: Christmas Traditions of Our Ancestors

Ever wonder why we bring a tree into our homes or why we adorn it with lights and tinsel? Why do we hang a stocking? How did egg nog become a beverage associated with the festive season? 325 more words

Arlene Stafford-Wilson