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Call Your Grandparents

One of the things I love most about working in the Scotiabank Family History Centre (SHFC) at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is that every interaction is wildly different. But as diverse as our genealogy research can be, one thing that comes up constantly is the regret that people didn’t ask their family members about their lives and stories when they had the chance.

“Young Man, You Take Yourself Far Too Seriously”: The Memoirs of Immigration Officer Fenton Crosman

Canadian immigration history can be researched using a staggering variety of sources. There are ship logs and passenger manifests, architectural plans and harbour maps, photographs and paintings, letters and telegrams, tweets and emails, laws and policies, diaries and memoirs, oral histories and digital stories, items brought from the old country, objects acquired in the new home, media reports of all kinds, films and lantern slides…the range is humbling.

Deciphering Family Facts from Family Lore

Our family histories are the stories that we decide to repeat and share, editing out the parts that were unclear or unseemly, and over generations those stories become our truths. But what if there was someone who could help decipher family facts from family lore?