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Jen Eggleston on Twitter
Jen Eggleston on Twitter






Vancouver, BC, Canada

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

My interest in genealogy began with a primary school project on the Edwardians. My mum helped me draw up a family tree and it blew my mind that I only had to go back a couple of generations to reach “the olden days”. 

I’d been dabbling in genealogy for years, but scrapped everything and started from scratch again at the beginning of 2021. I worked up to seven almost complete generations with pretty solid sources, then used my 100DaysProjectScotland to pull everything together into one place.

Each day, I drew a picture of a relative, wrote up a little summary of their life, and posted on Instagram. At the end of the project, I had an illustrated family tree for my daughter.

Favorite food or beverage

Anything from a Scottish bakery!

If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?

My great-great-grandfather, Robert. Family legend says he invented a pneumatic beer pump, made a fortune, then ran off to South Africa, abandoning his wife and children in Scotland. I’d love to find out what happened to him.

Genealogy pet peeve

Accepting hints without thinking

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

London (used to be a weekend trip, now it’s a bigger event!)

From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?

Started sooner

What are you currently working on and what’s next?

As well as my personal family history, I’m researching early female pilots in Canada.

I’m particularly interested in The Flying Seven: Vancouver’s first all-female flying club, formed in 1936 by Margaret Fane, Betsy Flaherty, Alma Gaudreau, Elianne Roberge, Tosca Trasolini, Rolie Moore, and Jean Pike.

I’m also investigating the first 100 women to get their private pilot licences in Canada. Shirley Render’s wonderful book ‘No Place for a Lady: The Story of Canadian Women Pilots 1928-1992’, covers the lives and careers of many female pioneers in Canadian aviation, but there were certain women she just couldn’t find. I’ve decided to try filling out the list a bit more!

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