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M Diane Rogers on Twitter
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CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt


British Columbia, Canada

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

Researching local/family history since 1958. (I was little.) Started with my mother’s families as she and her mum had answers (and photos), and they weren’t born in BC. (Dad didn’t know much, his parents died when I was very young, and he was born here.)  

Researching on and off ever since, later doing more women’s and labour history. Have been giving talks and teaching genealogy for years now. Always something new to learn! Also I collect postcards, stray photographs and cookbooks which I share/index for genealogy. And I read books, a lot of books!

Favorite food or beverage

Coffee; fancy teas; anything licorice or caramel related. Blueberries! 

Surnames of interest

Saggers, Rogers, White, Scott, Lofholm, Zetterberg, Irwin, Carmichael, Derham, Staines. Christmas, McNabb…

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

Right now – Alfred White, great great uncle, husband of Emma Cox. Died in LA, California, USA, 1935. 

Genealogy pet peeve

Currently – hearing people talking about family members’ “lies” on documents

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

British Columbia! But for genealogy – Scotland and England – happily slept/ate a few places family had lived. No sign of any ghosts though. 

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

Coaxed, cajoled, whined, nagged my parents to get at least the local family members together in groups so I could ask them questions! And I’d have written the answers down, no matter what. 

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

Oh, dear. Lots of projects. 
Working on two Guild registered one-name studies – Saggers and Lewis. Active in Scandinavian Genealogy Group in BC, and in other groups incl. Canada Rep for Guild of One-Name Studies.  
Indexing and/or scanning more postcards, photos and cookbooks to share.
Planning a family history ‘gift’ for Valentine’s. (Did one for Christmas.)
Updating and creating more genealogy handouts. 

Just as well the weather’s very cold here. 

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