Social Gathering in Montreal, 1930s

I was sent a copy of two photographs of my great grandmother Caroline (Norton) Jordan and a large gathering of people. The Jordan family was living at 1899 Papineau Ave, Montreal and the date of the photographs are about 1924 & 1930.  I am looking to find the names of the people in them and the information on the event.

Carrie was very involved in the Rebekah’s and similar organizations and I cannot help but wonder if this may consist of members and their children?


Jordan, Carrie with group in front of house

Carrie Jordan back row 2nd from left, her son Herb front row centre in dark suit c.1924

The second photo of Carrie with unidentified people –



Jordan, Carrie with people

Carrie (Norton) Jordan front row in white c.1935


Let me know if you recognize someone or have a copy of this photograph.

Thank you for sharing.




DNA Search Tip

A quick tip to try when looking at your DNA matches, why not try searching the surnames of the Godparents on your relative’s baptism.

We know how important Godparents were and more often than not they were related in some way to the parents. Why not do a search for their names you have found but still are not 100% sure of the connection. You can do this by using the search feature on the DNA site for any matches.



FTDNA search box


It may signify a connection and lead you to undiscovered branch in your tree.

I am going to try this for the names McGregor & Clark listed as Godparents below, although common when making contact with the match I can also ask the question them if their family was living in the same location at that time. The

The testee I am using would be the great grand nephew of Anne Tipper listed below.



Baptism of Ann Tipper 1796 in Quebec

My fingers are crossed for a breakthrough for me or you! Let me know if you try it too.

Update: I had to add to this post because after doing a search I did find a MCGREGOR! I have to go send an email. Fingers-crossed!

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The Rebekah Collection Pt.1

I am in possession of my grandmother Beatrice (Jordan) Dever’s papers that consist of numerous items from her involvement with the Rebekah Assembly in Quebec,  the female branch of the I.O.O.F. Her passion for this organization led her to numerous positions throughout her lifetime and I know she was especially proud to serve as the International President in 1957-1958.

Going through this collection I realize that there is probably items of interest to people outside of our family. I am looking to donate her papers, photographs, and other items to an archive in the future, but for the moment I thought I would share some of the things that may have a wider appeal.

The first item I want to share is a listing of the members whose names were on the Charter of Cresent Lodge No.18 in Montreal which was organized on Oct. 1, 1907. A quick google search did not turn up more information on Cresent Lodge.

*This information is from a list that is handwritten and any transcription errors are from me deciphering the writing. I wish full names had been listed but this is how it appears on the sheet. I have organized them alphabetically by surname.


Bannister, Miss C
Barrie, Miss R
Beck, Miss I
Beckwell, Miss A
Brown, Miss A
Brown, Miss J
Brown, Miss M
Brown, Miss R
Bruce, Miss I
Buxton, C.W.
Carson, Miss M
Cooper, Miss M
Cooper, W.
Dickson, A.W.
Dickson, DJ – PGM
Dickson, Miss I
Dodds, Miss L
Doherty, Mrs. RJ
Doherty, R.J.
Dorion, Dr. W.A.
Earls, L.H.
Etienne, Dr. A.A.
Etienne, Miss AL
Etienne, Miss LM
Etienne, Mrs. AL
Farlinger, Mrs. A
Fels, D. PG & Mrs. PP
Ferguson, Miss C.
Ferguson, Miss S.
Garland, M.B.
Glennie, John PG
Glennie, Mrs. J
Goodall, Miss B
Gorham, C.F.
Greeley, Mrs. E
Greenhalgh, R.
Higginbotham , C. PG
Hudson, Miss FM
Ives, C.K. PG
Kennedy, Mrs W
Kennedy, W – Grand Chaplain
Knowles, Miss A
Knowles, Miss R
Laurin, Mrs AR
Leacock, I.M.
Lenioyne, Mrs. E
Loveday, Miss E
Lyster , L.J. PG
Mackay, Miss I
McBride, G.M.
McGowan, W.J.
Morrison, Miss J
Morrow, Mrs. MJ
Norkett, W.L.
Norkett,Mrs. WK
Olssen, Miss A
Owen, Mrs. E Pearl
Paton, Miss M
Patton, Mrs WH
Place, C.A.
Poole, Miss B
Potter, FJ – Grand Secy
Priest, D.N.
Prowse, Miss L
Pryde, Miss R
Racey, C.A.
Rintoul, J.L.
Rintoul, Miss MB
Rintoul, Miss MV
Robinson, W.W.
Roxborough, Miss A – PNG
Russell, Miss L
Russell, Miss M
Sears, J.O.
Shirlow, J -GM
Skelcher, I. H.  PG & Mrs. PP
Smith, D.G.
Smith, J.S.
Stevenson, A. J. PG
Strong, IV
Sullivan, J.  PG
Sunderland, Mrs. WE
Sunderland, W.E.
Temple, L.B.
Temple, Mrs. LB
Weippert, C.N.
White, F.C.




Canada’s 150th Genealogy Challenge

Let’s celebrate our early ancestors, it is because of their contributions that our country is such a wonderful place to live!

List all your ancestors that were living in Canada in 1867, the dates they arrived (can be approximate) and where they first settled.

Here is my list –

Name                             Date                           Place

Dever, James                 1862             Picton, Ontario

Hodgins, Thomas          1820            Huntley, Carleton Co., Ontario

Harrop, Lewis               1849             Etobicoke, York Co., Ontario

Jeffery, Robert                1818            Quebec City

Jordan, Samuel              1851            Quebec City

McMahon, Cornelius    1851           Normanby, Grey Co. Ontario

Murdie, Joseph              1818            Bathurst, Ontario

Potter, Mary                   1834           Huntley, Carleton Co., Ontario

Stewart, William           1846           West Flamboro, Wentworth Co, Ontario

Tipper, John                   1796            Quebec

Now it’s your turn!


The Census-Taker Missed Them

My Friday night fun was reading through The Weekly Chronicle on the BAnQ website (Quebec archives) and I came across this letter to the editor –

The weekly CHronicle Sept 8 1891

The Weekly Chronicle Sept. 8, 1891.


Sir, – Reading Mr. Lortie’s letter in yesterday’s Chronicle, reminds me that I was never called on by the census official.  This makes three more unregistered citizens, and I have no doubt many more can tell the same tale.                                                                 I enclose my card,                                                                                                                               Yours Truly,                                                                                                                                          St. Ursule Street                                                                                                                    Quebec, 8th Sept., 1891

This may be the answer to my never-ending quest to find Samuel Jordan in earlier Quebec City census records.


Connecting at Conference

I was lucky enough to attend the Ontario Genealogy Conference that was recently held in Ottawa. A few of the reasons I LOVE attending:

  1. Deals. The vendors are there in spades and they offer great deals, DNA kits at unheard of prices, renewing your subscription to sites again at reduced rates, books, scanners, and more.
  2. Networking. Talk to societies, archives or other organizations face-to-face. They are there to help and answer your questions.
  3. Learning. The speakers, oh the speakers, their informative talks help to give you focus and direction in your research.
  4. Volunteering. You can put your own knowledge to work by volunteering at these events or by helping out. I was a part of the Social Media Team and they were a truly fun group to work with.
  5. Access. Did I mention the research room? FREE access to many great genealogy sites. The access given allowed me to research and locate many records that I didn’t even know were out there. Genealogy Quebec is the site where I found many new discoveries. The room also had free access to Find My Past, My Heritage, Ancestry, and others. This is a great way to ‘try them out’ and see if they would be a worthwhile purchase for you.
  6. Excursions. I had never been to Library and Archives Canada and felt a little intimidated about visiting. I shouldn’t have been, the tour was quite informative and I was able to ask questions when I wasn’t sure about something. It was a day well spent.

One thing I did this year was showcase my own surnames. I had a T-shirt printed and I was a walking billboard. My t-shirt received a lot of comments and because it was tweeted so many times I was contacted by people who matched my Gedmatch number! Goal achieved.



Photo creds to LDC


I think we may see more of these shirts at future conferences.

You may wonder why I would travel so far (Alberta) to attend and there is really one over-riding reason, the people. The new-found friendships, renewed and strengthened are really the reason I keep coming back.



The Next Step After Griffith’s Valuation

The next step after finding your relative in Griffith’s Valuation is to head to the Valuation Office in Dublin, either in person or remotely. Read to the end to find out exciting news about this collection.

What you can find there is a record of the land you have located in Griffith’s changing hands. You are charged 1 Euro per page. And no, you do not have to visit them in person to order the records. A friend was telling me that she has requested the information on-line. You can read more about the Valuation Office services here.

When using Griffiths, I had found a John Melody & Michael Melody owned land in Corrabaun, Galway. My recent trip to Ireland along with a handy lesson on using the overlay of Griffith’s maps along with modern ones allowed me to see that the land owned by Michael Melody had previously been owned by John, possibly his father? I still don’t know that yet, but likely.

Corrabaun Valuation record

A page from Book 6 (1847-1939) at the Valuation Office, Dublin.

By using the valuation records, I can see that the land changed hands about 1867, and John is no longer listed at all on the later valuations. I think John may have died but I will have to do some further investigations, although the index for civil death registration for Loughrea is on the Irish Genealogy website, the actual record needs to be ordered.


The entry showing John’s land being taken over by Michael Melody, 1867.

And now the news, these records I was told will hopefully all be on-line in about two years!! This will be a great boon to all genealogists.

A big thank you to Peter who took a day off of work to come with me to the Valuation Office and then he took me to the National Library. A great day of researching!