I am researching my family trees.I started with my mother's paternal ancestor - Ferguson Stirling who came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland around 1840 and settled in Mt. Albion which is near Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.His family grew and grew.I have been able to trace him back to his Scottish Ancestors.
I went from there to my father's paternal ancestor Joseph Hastings who came to Canada from Lincolnshire England in 1855 with his sister Elizabeth.They were both orphans and came to stay with their Uncle Thomas Hastings in Norwich Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada.Joseph married Maryette Lossing which opened a whole other large branch of my family tree.I have been able to trace Joseph's roots back to his English ancestors with a little help from a new found - long lost cousin.Maryette Lossing's family tree is neverending.They have a long history that goes back to Pieter Pieterse Lossing from Denmark/Holland???To top that off her mother was a Swartwout and their family came from New York with the Lossing family into Ontario as first settlers in the Oxford County area.I am still researching them as well.
I then spread out to my mother's maternal ancestors, the Ford family in Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario which I can take back to Justus the father of Chancy.Chancy was born in 1825 in the U.S. but I cannot get any further so far with the Ford line. It appears that Justus was on the 1830 New York Census in Somerset Twp., Niagara County on page 346 and through a New York library I was able to trace it and get a copy but it does not tell me much. His ID# is listed as NY560175091 but I am unable to get any further.Anyone in New York who might be able to trace any "Ford" family in that area would be greatly appreciated.However I have now been able to trace Chancey's mother Dorcas Barney and her line back to 1570 in England.Chancey's son George married a Welch (my ancestor)so I spread out to the Welch family in Zorra Twp. and thanks to more unknown cousins I can take that Welch line back a lot further.
From there I went to the my dad's maternal ancestors, the McEachern family in Grey County who first settled in Glenelg and moved North to Keppel. Talk about confusing - the McEachern name is pronounced McKechnie and this complicates matters further.Was "McEachern" really the true spelling or is it just the way the English taught the Scots to spell it???I have found my ancestors under both of the above spellings.The furthest back I can get so far is John McEachern who was born in 1849 on the Atlantic Ocean en route from Scotland.I have now found John's parents as Alexander MacEachern and Jannett McIntyre.Alexander was from the Isle of Mull in Argyll County Scotland and Jannett McIntyre was from the Isle of Tyree in Argyll County Scotland.I still have a long ways to go with this one. Soooo many McEacherns it is hard to tell which are mine and which aren't.My John McEachern married Sarah Mole sooo here I grow again with a new branch.I have found Sarah's parents but her father's death registration does not list his parents names - here I go again!!!
My tree keeps growing and I love to add new branches.Grow with me and help me sprout new limbs on my tree.If you can link with any of my "limbs", please contact me.I have already connected with cousins in Edmonton Alberta, Toronto, St. Catherine's, Stratford, and Orangeville Ontario as well as in Montana, and Indianathrough this research.
If you find any errors or omissions please feel free to contact me.I am learning as I go, and have recently learned to put in my sources which I am gradually adding to my existing files.