When I was in grade school, the teachers didn't teach much about Canadian History and historical figures. We learned about the history of America, Plymouth Colony, William Penn, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere and George Washington and the Declaration of Independence. We didn't spend much time learning about Canadian historical figures such as John Butler, Sir Isaac Brock, John Graves Simcoe and the Simcoe Proclamation. If someone asked me ten years ago when the Acadian Expulsion was, I wouldn't have had a clue.
I learned most of my Canadian history from my father, who thought it was important to know where we came from, as a nation, and individuals. He took us to the actual battlegrounds of some of the most famous Canadian battles in our area, the battle of the Longwoods, Lundy's Lane, Cook's Mills etc. We also visited Fort George, Fort Erie and Fort Malden and learned about how the soldiers lived. We saw first-hand how the Loyalists lived everyday at Upper Canada Village and Black Creek Pioneer Village. We toured such places as the Mohawk Chapel, Alexander Graham Bell's home, and Heritage Village. I think I learned most of my Canadian history from my father. But, he couldn't teach me about his family history, and what information he did share wasn't always accurate.
But, if I had known about my family history, I would have known that my Doane, Twining, Deane and other ancestors were at Plymouth Colony, involved in the founding of large cities, such as Eastham (Nauset), I would have been more interested in American history. My Doane, Twining and Deane ancestors were acquainted with William Penn and were the first Quaker families who went to Pennsylvania from the colonies, too. I would have known that my Haines ancestors fought in Col. John Butler's Corps of Rangers and went through all of the hardships of being a Loyalist family in America and Upper Canada. I would have known that the Doan Gang almost changed the results of the Revolutionary war or that one of my Doan family was hung in London, Ontario for being a traitor in the Rebellion. History class would have been much more interesting if I had known about my family history.
By getting our youth more interested in their family history, and the part their families played in history, the personalities in history come to life and become more interesting. They can better envision what life would have been like in an earlier time.As the younger generation research their family history, they will acquire beneficial research skills which they can use in their other studies as well. Not only would their interest in history be peaked, but they would be more interested in geography and become familiar with the countries that their ancestors immigrated from and the social and economic conditions that they lived in. They would be more interested in the customs and traditions of their ancestors.
When children learn about their family history it may even make them more empathetic towards others and more accepting of different ethnic cultures. I think that there should be a family history course in elementary schools everywhere, for students to learn about their family and maybe they'll grow up with a more positive self-image and become more responsible, caring adults.
Here are some ideas: Family Tree Kids
Welcome to my family history blog. Finding more about my family's history is very rewarding as well as being interesting and educational.
I created this blog to share my thoughts, experiences, tips and resources in my search for my ancestors' history and maybe, help you in your research as well. I am particularly interested in the history of Upper Canada and the Loyalist period in history.
My Carnival Blogs
- Black Sheep Canadian Ancestors - The Quaker Loyalist Turncoats
- Cabinet of Curiosities #15 - What Did I Dig Up?
- Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture # 12 - Letter From Ireland
- COG # 68 - A Tribute to Women - Sarah Haines, UEL
- COG # 69 - What If...The British Won the Revolutionary War?
- COG #71-Local History - The Tomato Capital of Canada - Leamington, Ontario
- COG #73 - The Good Earth - Vege-Land
- COG #75- Justice and Independence - The Loyalists Viewpoint
- COG #76 - My Favouriite Summer Vacation
- COG #77 - Disasters - God's Wrath
- COG #81 - A Short But Full Life
- Smile for the Camera #11 - Brothers and Sisters
- Smile for the Camera #12 - Noble Life - Rev. T. Neil Libby
- Smile For The Camera #15 - They Worked Hard For The Family
- Smile for the Camera - All Creatures Great and Small
My Daily Blog Theme Posts & SNGF with Randy
- Follow Friday - Cape Cod Gravestones
- Follow Friday - Destination: Austin Family
- Follow Friday - Tribal Pages
- Follow Friday - Viviti For Versatile Blogging
- Madness Monday - 10 Questions
- Madness Monday - I'm Realy Connnected To My Parents
- Madness Monday - Nettie Kennedy
- Saturday Night Fun - My Grandmother's Ancestors
- Saturday Night Fun - Poetry
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - All My Grgrgrandparents
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Family Increases
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My All-Time Favourite Song
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Surname Distribution
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Nicest Things
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Tricks And Treats
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Luck!
- Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where were they in 1909?
- Surname Saturday - Small, Smalle, Smalley
- Tombstone Tuesday - Col. John Butler Family Buryng Grounds
- Tombstone Tuesday - Doan's Ridge Cemetery
- Tombstone Tuesday - My German Ancestry
- Tombstone Tuesday - Tecumseh
- Tombstone Tuesday - The Family Plot
- Tombstone Tuesday,Happy Birthday Great-grampa John Haines
- Wordless Wednesday - Alexander Taylor
- Wordless Wednesday - Elizabeth Simcoe
- Wordless Wednesday - Global Warming???
- Wordless Wednesday - Happy Anniversary!
- Wordless Wednesday - Jane Fairbairn Kendrick
- Wordless Wednesday - My Gardens
- Wordless Wednesday - Niagara region, Ontario, Canada
- Wordless Wednesday - On The Island
- Wordless Wednesday - The George Fairbairn Family
- Wordless Wednesday - The Taylors of Essex County
- Wordless Wednesday - Touring the Settler's Village, Bobcaygeon, Ontario