Days like yesterday(Monday) make me realize how lucky I am. Not that anything bad happened..far from that. I awoke at 5a.m. Monday morning and started through my usual routine. Make coffee, check email, do a little genealogy before it's time to get my daughter up and ready for school. Jim and I will be married two years in mid Feb. I've been researching his family history for about a year now. While we have lots of pictures of the older generations we don't have an inkling who most of the older ones are. I'd been thinking about that and feeling like the only way I could find out who those people were was to get back a generation or two on his Sutherland & Irving lines. These are the lines of his great grandparents: James Sutherland and Anna Gertrude Irving. We have pictures of Anna in her wedding dress and several others taken around the same time which have photographers markings or identification from Ontario Canada. Most of them are from the Woodstock area so I had a fairly good idea of where the family was from but given the popularity of the surname and nothing to go on to help identify that I had the correct family it seemed a bit hopeless. I typed the search terms Sutherland, Irving, Woodstock and Oxford into Google Search.
The result was pretty amazing. The 2nd listing was the link to
The Ontario Vital Statistics Project
and the marriage info of James & Anna. I'd known from their 1910
census entry that they were married in 1903. So not only did I get the exact date, but also the names of James parents and Annie's as well. From there I've found census entries for both families and will be working my way back. I posted a few queries yesterday to another researcher who seems to be looking at the same lines earlier on but since their post is from abt. 10 yrs ago I don't hold much hope in hearing anything back from them.
014784-03 ( Oxford Co) James SUTHERLAND , 26 , machinist , Woodstock , Hamilton , s/o William SUTHERLAND & Elspeth MILNE , married Annie G. IRVING , 24 , Drumbo , Woodstock ,d/o Pierce IRVING & Anna KEELER , witn: W.J. SUTHERLAND of Woodstock & Margaret McKAY of Hamilton , 30 Mar 1903 at Woodstock.
1881 Blenheim, Oxford North, Ontario Canada Dist 166 Sub-dist G Div 2 Pg 80 HH # 380
NA Film Number C-13268
Piercie IRVING M Male Scottish 40 Scotland Farmer C. Presbyterian
Annie IRVING M Female Scottish 36 O.
Robert IRVING Male Scottish 12 O.
Arthur IRVING Male Scottish 7 O.
John IRVING Male Scottish 4 O.
Annie IRVING Female Scottish 2 O.
George KEELER Male Scottish 21 O.
Farmer C. Presbyterian
1901 Woodstock, Oxford North, Ontario Canada (#101) F-9 Page 10
37 104 Irving Piercie M Head M Aug 2 1839 61
38 104 Irving Anna F Wife M Jul 13 1839 61
39 104 Irving Arthur W. M Son S Apr 29 1876 24
40 104 Irving John B. M Son S Nov 15 1878 22
41 104 Irving Anna F Dau S Oct 10 1880 20