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Metro takes a look at the hidden ancestry of Canadians, from coast to coast.

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  • Who are you?

  • Who are you?

    March 15, 2013

    What mtDNA revealed about three Canadians

    Subject 1: Female Why did you want to take part? “I was adopted (OK, you’ve heard that before). I don’t really know anything in terms of who created me or what my roots are —which clearly defines who I am … Continue Reading

    By Staff
  • Who are you?

    March 14, 2013

    Twilight’s Robert Pattinson’s has real vampire past

    Royalty and vampires may sound like characters from the Twilight saga, but they’re actually what you find once you bite into actor Robert Pattinson’s past. Ancestry.ca, Canada’s largest online family history resource, says Pattinson, who stars as Edward Cullen in … Continue Reading

    By Staff/Ancestry.ca
  • Who are you?

    March 14, 2013

    Family feud? McGuinty, Hudak revealed as (distant) cousins

    Maybe this explains why they squabble like family — Ontario provincial election rivals Dalton McGuinty and Tim Hudak are related, according to Ancestry.ca. McGuinty, the former Premier and leader of the Ontario Liberals and his main rival Hudak, head of … Continue Reading

    By Staff/Ancestry.ca
  • Who are you?

    March 13, 2013

    Debunking popular myths about African-Canadian genealogy

    Contrary to popular belief, records do exist for researching African-Canadian genealogy. From 1793 until the end of the American Civil War in 1895, more than 30,000 slaves came to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Other migrations occurred during the War … Continue Reading

    By Staff
  • Who are you?

    March 13, 2013

    A trek across space and time to self-discovery

    Linda Kawamoto, now Linda Reid, found a story written by a woman with the same name as her grandmother. The story, which won first place in a historical-writing contest, chronicled a young Japanese woman’s journey of coming to Canada from … Continue Reading

    By Shelley Cook
  • Who are you?

    March 15, 2013

    How to create your own family tree, step by step

    So you want to learn about your family history, but you don’t know where to begin. Lesley Anderson, Content Specialist and spokesperson for Ancestry.ca has some tips on how you can begin your genealogy journey. “I always tell people to … Continue Reading

    By Shelley Cook
  • Who are you?

    March 14, 2013

    Emma Watson’s past more bewitching than she thinks

    Actress Emma Watson, who plays an exceptionally talented witch and the best friend of Harry Potter in the blockbuster Harry Potter series, has a real-life connection to her role as Hermione. According to family history research experts at Ancestry.ca, English … Continue Reading

    By Metro Winnipeg/Ancestry.ca
  • Who are you?

    March 14, 2013

    Kate Middleton’s Canadian connection revealed

    Ancestry.ca has uncovered a Canadian connection to the family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Historical records reveal that the Duchess’ grandfather, Peter Middleton, spent some of his formative years in Calgary, where he was stationed during the Second World War … Continue Reading

    By Ancestry.ca
  • Who are you?

    March 14, 2013

    Sarah Palin not quite All-American, finds study

    Controversial former US vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a proud American born in Sandpoint, Idaho, who can trace her ancestry back to “American royalty” – those who landed on The Mayflower. But how American is she really? New research … Continue Reading

    By Ancestry.ca
  • Who are you?

    March 13, 2013

    How to research your own family history

    So you want to learn about your family history, but you don’t know where to begin. Lesley Anderson, content specialist and spokesperson for Ancestry.ca has some tips on how you can begin your genealogy journey. “I always tell people to … Continue Reading

    By Shelley Cook