Felix Fortineau L’Oiseau

Felix Fortineau L’Oiseau, aka Forge Bird, was the eldest brother of my maternal grandmother Alice Doris L’Oiseau. Like many of my L’Oiseau relatives, Fortineau anglicised his name. It was never legally changed, but over the years he adopted the name Bird. When I started researching my maternal line I compiled a list of all myContinue reading “Felix Fortineau L’Oiseau”

100 years ago today…

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the marriage of my maternal grandparents Joseph Freeman Jamieson and Alice Doris L’Oiseau. Joseph and Alice were married on October 2, 1922 in Kingston, Ontario Canada. Very little is known about their marriage and no photos exist. The above photo was taken at the wedding of their daughter ShirleyContinue reading “100 years ago today…”

52 Ancestors – Identity

The prompt this month for 52 Ancestors is Identity. Solving the Mystery of Cyril Clyde Orchard When my mother-in-law Leslie died in 2013, I inherited a very large box of her family history research. She had spent many of her retirement hours researching my husband’s paternal lines, but her father-in-law, my husband’s paternal grandfather, CyrilContinue reading “52 Ancestors – Identity”

Week 20 – Textile

The decline of the woollen mills in Bradford- Upon- Avon was likely a contributing factor in my husband’s fourth great grandfather, George Orchard, deciding to leave the UK and move his family to Australia in search of a better life. George Orchard and Caroline Mallett George Orchard was born in Bradford-Upon-Avon, (Bradford) Wiltshire England inContinue reading “Week 20 – Textile”