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Twitter

@RossGuAstar

Website

Degerness and Ross Family History

Location

Victoria, BC, Canada

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

I am Norwegian and Swedish and Scottish and Irish and English, my mother often said “It’s no wonder the kids fight”.  

My interest in genealogy started in grade school when I needed to do a project on another country and I picked Sweden because one of my grandfathers had come from there.  

I did some work in the 1970s when everything was by post and then left it for a number of years while I focused on my children and my career.

I am now semi-retired and focussing back on genealogy, which keeps me very busy and always entertained.

Favorite food or beverage

Ice cream

Surnames of interest

Too many to count, with Scandinavian names they change every generation. The ones I am most focussed on currently are: Degerness, Ross, McKee, Tomlinson, Medlicott, Whelan.

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

Alice Mary Woods, my great-great grandmother who started life in Ireland and became a medical-missionary’s wife in northern British Columbia.

Genealogy pet peeve

Obvious errors on trees, you cannot have children at 5, or get married after you are dead.

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

The Oregon Coast – nothing to do with genealogy. For genealogy, Ireland.

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

Started sooner and talked to more older relatives.

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

I am currently working on fleshing out my tree with the “easy” stuff. I am trying to get to the point that I have a brick wall on all my branches, rather than just not having got to that branch yet.
After that, I’ll start focusing on my brick walls.

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