Saturday, 31 December 2016

Looking Back... 2016

Looking back, here are some highlights of 2016.

In January I wrote a post titled "Making it in Alberta", explaining how you can freely find your ancestors' Alberta Land Records.

It was the most popular post of the past year.  I was honoured to have this article published in the Vernon BC History Society quarterly Journal .." Splitting Heirs".

April brought the A-Z Challenge and I decided to participate this year.  I started a new blog to do genealogy challenges and it was a fun experience. It was interesting... not just thinking up what to write for each letter, but meeting other genealogy bloggers and seeing the differences in what we come up with.

Over the summer my "Cigar Box" series was a big hit.

Here I chronicled the WWII contents of a cigar box I found among my fathers things. Since WWII is in the not-so-distant past there are not many personal posts about that time.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Wonderful Wendy Mathias for the Geneabloggers "May I Introduce to You.." series. 

The questions she asked made me reflect on how I got interested in genealogy and the reasons why I write my blog.

Other popular posts are the ones talking about government or sessional papers series. Although most of my samples are from Canadian papers, the same steps can be taken to find ancestors in the government papers of most countries. 

I added new PDFs to the Resources page, which is also a very popular part of my blog. I hope everyone is downloading and sharing these sets of free resources.

Another popular post of the past year, believe it or not since my following is global, was a Serendipity Sunday post titled "Toronto Landmarks and Homes". The popularity was most likely due to fellow Canadian genealogist Gail Dever featuring this post in her "Crème de la crème" post that week. Thanks Gail! 

The most popular article of all time is still "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!" which I posted in August 2014.

That is a phrase I have heard a lot in 2016, let's hope 2017 is a better year!

I wish you all a very Happy New Year 🎇


  1. A reminder of you Cigar Box series has me thinking of what we inherited that can be shared in "Merging Roots"...

    Another great post Dianne

    Happy New Year to you as well :D

    1. Thanks Cathern. Looking forward to reading it, and all your posts in 2017! Most people have trouble starting one blog and you have three, is it? Good work!


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