about nwj

In 2011, my father had a heart attack while he was on the table getting his heart checked out. It seems the particles of the dye they use to check blood flow were large enough to clog an artery.

After he was safe, but while he was still lying in a hospital bed, he told us stories about his childhood. My stoic father just kept talking. I think he was uncomfortable about all the people streaming into his room and embarrassed about being the center of attention.

He had been a ward of the state after authorities took him from his parents when he was 8 years old. His parents were drunks who barely took care of themselves. His older half-sister had been the one to call and get him and his siblings out of that house.

Hearing these stories all at once hit me hard and made me want to learn more about his family and my mom’s. My mom’s ancestry, which was solidly Canadian, was pretty well documented already. But soon I hope to subscribe to some Canadian websites to learn more.

This blog is a record of my discoveries about my family and myself.

8 thoughts on “about nwj”

  1. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! My link is


    These are the rules:
    The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:
    The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
    Provide 11 facts about yourself.
    Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
    Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

  2. Thanks, Angela! I’ve found an article giving 20 suggestions for breaking through dead-ends, if you’d like the link. I actually used it and succeeded in breaking though my great grandparents’ dead-ends.

      1. The article has been taken off the website, Deb. But I’ve scanned it and can send it to you. My email is on the site; send me an email and I’ll send the scan to you. If anyone else wants it, just let me know.

        Oh! And I was wrong it has 41 suggestions for breaking thru dead-ends.

  3. I think this sounds great! I can’t wait to hear more about what you uncover. I’ve researched one branch of my family tree back many generations, but the other side seems to dead-end at my great-grandparents. I love to hear people’s stories!

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