Genealogy

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The opinions expressed by the geneaology blogger(s) and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Lithuanian Museum-Archives of Canada or any employee thereof. Lithuanian Museum-Archives of Canada is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the blogger(s).

Digging for Roots

Ancient Stories

 Far-fetched? Of course. But old perspectives may hold some wisdom… An interesting article came over my horizon recently regarding family trees and ancestors. It was written in Lithuanian by Algirdas Urbanavičius, who has evidently delved into this field. He writes that not very long ago, people were more in tune with their origins than we are today. According to the author, people were familiar with their ancestry up to seven generations back, because it was important to know what you ...
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New Year, New Plans

Thank you to Peg for sharing her experience and giving us concrete information about directions we can take to start a family tree or story. Inspiring ideas and concrete decisions to be made. Sharing like this is an excellent way to motivate and to teach others! It’s true that the DNA aspect of genealogy can be limited in some ways. As children of immigrants, we may know the names of and have even met our relatives, as I have, and ...
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Genealogy as a Story

Nice to meet you! I am Peg, the web developer for www.lithuanianheritage.ca. Like you I have a passion for genealogy, starting about three years ago. I am not Lithuanian but, just like you, my family immigrated to Canada. I want to know where my family came from and why. Margaret Jackson and her father James about 1916 My interest started with two old silver teaspoons: one marked “London”, one marked “St. Nazaire”. They were a gift from my great aunt ...
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Come forth!

Readers and relatives – come forth!  The time has come to confess. Writing a blog is much more difficult than one might think. It can also be quite boring if no one provides feedback. Throwing your thoughts out into the ether is easy enough, but realizing that they linger there, lonely and cold, can be a deterrent to sending any further envoys. I can see both sides of the equation and provide a multitude of excuses for both readers ...
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Mousing Around for Details

Bring out the pipe, the hat with earflaps, and be a Sherlock! At some point, the photos and documents your have in your family records and memorabilia box may not be enough. You know where your parents lived, that is – wherever you grew up. Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Boston… You have pictures of some relatives, sufficient information for a good start on a Family Tree. The wheels have begun turning in your head and you realize that you want to ...
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But seriously…

A new year – and with it, fresh resolve to get organized!… Your papers and photos are collected (hopefully in some kind of order that is clear to you), and you are ready to take your next step. What will it be? This depends on several factors. You need to ask yourself, and perhaps your family, a few questions. First of all, what is your goal? This is actually the key question for the entire exercise, which will require ...
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SPIT AND TELL

Listen to your parents – and record their stories!
It’s amazing what you may find once you start digging! Put it all together, then start sorting… You can do it! Earlier this year, I pounced on an online discount on DNA analysis for ethnic origin by Ancestry – one of the most widely known companies who do ancestry searches. I received a kit in the mail, spit a few times in a little bottle, sealed it and sent it ...
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PHOTO CHAOS

How to organize your pictures and avoid photo panic As we all know, any project must be undertaken in a series of steps, optimally in accordance with some kind of timeline. If, like me, you “work best” when up against a deadline, you may have to engage the services of a friend, relative or frenemy to make you promise to sort your photos by a certain date, visit or season. The best advice is to dedicate an hour a day ...
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THE BOX

Lesson One – Put Everything in One Box It bulges now, from its dense stuffing of folders and clippings and tattered envelopes of photos. I haul it from one corner of the house to another, fully intending to organize it. Now the box lurks in my office again, holding two worlds of information and an Everest of potential effort. First you take a box… After Dad died, I found various documents from his past and Mom’s, neatly organized, as he ...
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Links you may be interested in

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Ancestry.ca

Where to begin?

Not sure how to begin your genealogical research? The Library and Archives Canada has a good finding aid to help you get started. You can find it here: Library and Archives Canada - Genealogical Studies

First Photo in Canada

Do you have a photo of the first member of your family who came to Canada?  Submit your photo here and we will post it in our gallery.

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Ramune Jonaitis studied French and Spanish in her youth, but her career path as a translator and editor led her back to working in her mother tongue. After retiring from the Lithuanian weekly Teviskes Ziburiai (Lights of Homeland), she dabbles in various creative activities, particularly mosaic art.

Recent Comments

  • Angele Narusevicius Ambrozaitis on Come forth!Looking at this picture in the tobacco fields stirred a very vivid memory of topping the tobacco plants in the...
  • Ramune on New Year, New PlansOur friend Peg has taken family photographs and woven them together in chronological order with information and comments in a...
  • Jennifer Gryn on New Year, New PlansI have a wonderful treasure box of items from my grandparents that tells the story I never knew. Their life...
  • Ramune on THE BOXThe "must have it" was mostly an opportunistic approach. I knew they might qualify for dual citizenship because of their...
  • Ed Stungevičius on SPIT AND TELLIts great to hear you took the DNA plunge. I feel your background is far more varied and interesting than...

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