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Ontario Genealogical Society Scotlands People
Oxford County Chapter of the OGS Emerald Ancestors
Waterloo Historical Society Roots Ireland
Winnipeg Time Machine Find A Grave
Kitchener Library Toronto City Archives
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Added: October 26, 2015

On doing research for an athletics website, I came across some detail on Harry Ross Neilson that you may be interested in. While at Aberdeen University, he was a good athlete and represented Scotland twice in the long jump in the internationals against Ireland in 1905 and 1906.

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Added: February 24, 2015

Very nice site.

My Carroll ancestors came to the US from Belfast in the 1880s. My 3rd GGF, Richard Carroll, weighmaster of grains in Belfast, was married to Martha Hobson (1794-1869). Most of the sons had Hobson as a middle name, and my 2nd GGF was Benjamin HOBSON Carroll - a church musician and composer (so, got that "Benjamin thing" going as well). Martha Hobson was, according to family lore, born a Quaker, but converted to Methodism as a girl. Her parents were, I believe, John Hobson and Mary Edwards. I know virtually nothing else about them. Best wishes. Elizabeth

Added: October 4, 2014

My great grandfather was Jonah Steen Baer, b. 11 Oct 1858 in Hespeler Ontario, son of John Baer and Margaret Steen. Margaret was the daughter of John Steen and Catharine Bretz who you have listed on your website. Thank you for the information on these families. Very well presented.

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Added: September 1, 2014

Just found this website. I am so excited. We recently visited Scotland. I am very interested in sharing the information that I have. I am even more interested to learn more about my family history. My grandfather was Jarvis Neilson. He was killed in WW1. After o0ur visit to Scotland, we visited the memorial site at Arras, France. It was very moving to find his name on the memorial. Does this strike a cord with anyone?

Added: December 29, 2013
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