My name is Bonnie Jean MacDonald and I have been researching my family since 1998 and a little bit before in 1967 when my Aunt Miriam gave me 6 pages of family notes.
I have retired from the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists as of the end of September 2015. I had closed my client business at the end of 2011. I was a past president of the Chapter and held other positions during my time with this organization.
I have also retired as the Newsletter Editor of the Washington State Genealogical Society http://www.wasgs.org/ at the end of 2013. You will find the newsletters at this link: http://wasgs.org/mo_newsletter.php
This does not mean that I am done with genealogy, it just means that I plan to go in another direction. Recently I attended the 2015 Delano Kindred Reunion in San Diego, California and it was a great experience. You can read about it in my other blog: Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. in Ohio, see link on the right side of this blog for all my other blogs. I am also a member of Find A Grave and have been contributing to that website for the past year.
Much to my surprise, I have made a great deal of progress on my own family starting with my Dad’s side. On my mother’s side are the Boardmans, Browns, Wards, Jacksons and McMurrays. I really didn’t know much at all. I had a chart of both sides of the family that I made after I visited my Aunt Aileen, a sister of my mother Marjorie Boardman MacDonald. I also had very few photos until my cousin came to my rescue and sent me a pile of them. So this side of the family has been a lot of dumb luck and perseverance. Hopefully as I reveal the research I can inspire progress in others’ research.
My mother’s parents were Robert Boardman and Ethel Adella Brown. They lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and migrated to Vancouver then to the Pacific Northwest. Grandfather, Robert, was born in Shediac, New Brunswick in 1881, from what I have learned. Ethel, my grandmother was born in Winnipeg in 1881. How they managed to get together and get married in 1905 is a little interesting. The Boardman’s came to Winnipeg because of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The Browns came from Ontario. By the early 1880’s both the Boardman’s and the Browns had made their way to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
This merging of the two families is why I am calling this blog the Boardmans and the Browns of Winnipeg and adding the part of “A Canadian Story,” for they are truly families that helped to build the great nation called Canada.
My great grandmother Charlotte Boardman was a McMurray a Scottish name and her mother was Mary Jackson. They settled in New Brunswick in Kent County after immigrating from Liverpool mostly likely. My great grandmother Emma Ward was English and came from Ontario where she met Richard Brown. Richard was of Irish descent and lived in Lambton County, Ontario.
Here is a list of surnames associated with this blog:
- Boardman, Bordman
Locations covered will be: Minnesota, Washington State, Nevada, California, Michigan. In Canada we have New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
I have other blogs on different lines of my family because it is so big and preserves my sanity. Check out the “Blogs I Like” section on the right side of this blog and you will find links to my other creations.
For some reason I lost the “Home” page on this blog or the page that makes it easy to go back to Home. Just click on the title and that works too.
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