I am trying to research my paternal (Bamford) and maternal (Graham) families. When my parents, Ralph Bamford and Katharine (Graham) Bamford passed away in 1991 and 1995 respectively, I became interested in genealogy upon finding all kinds of photos, newspaper clippings, and other interesting things in their home.
The BAMFORDS came from Rochdale, England to Manitoba. I have corresponded with, and met Fern Muirhead, who is also doing genealogy (our Great Grandmothers were sisters).
My paternal Grandmother's maiden name was "MARKS", and I've discovered they emigrated to Canada from County Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1838. My husband and I visited Country Armagh in 2002 after corresponding with Armagh Ancestry, but weren't able to discover anything about the family who remained in Ireland. We were told that the census files before 1901 were lost or destoryed, and a lot of files were destroyed in church fires in that country, so it is very hard to do any genealogical research there. I have met a couple of relatives on the Marks side that I didn't know existed until I started my research - one being Joanne Lynn-Beeres of Calgary - (our Grandmothers were sisters).
The GRAHAM family was part of the Grahams of Gartmore in Scotland, and I believe lived in Ont. and Que. I have a HUGE picture of the gathering of the Graham Clan in Springbank, Ont. in 1921. My Grandfather, Dr. Angus A. Graham wrote a book "Grahams of Gartmore in Western Ontario" in 1948 that lists the Glencoe-Mosa Grahams and Glencoe-Ekfrid Grahams. I have this book in my possession. My great grandfather, Capt.Duncan Graham, was captain of the schooner "Jennie Graham" which capsized in Lake Huron on April 30, 1872 - he went down with his ship, along with 2 other seamen.
My maternal Grandmother, Jennie Graham's maiden name was "STEPHEN". We know that the George Stephen who was the Banker for the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway was related to us in that my great grandfather was his uncle (a brother of George Stephen's father.) As a child, we went through the Canadian Rockies and saw the mountain named after him - "LORD MOUNT STEPHEN."
As of 2007, I have a new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org