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Sometimes sharing my work, sometimes musing on topics that have come to my attention, I blog about my life as an artist at Diane Duncan Art. Part diary, part conversation, I welcome the response of readers to my words.

I have recently added a new page and category Looking Back – Family & Community especially for those who might be interested in genealogy, family history and local history. It springs from a deep interest in the lives of those who have gone before and a desire to preserve their story for future generations.

The Palatines in Ireland – The Poole Family

Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 4 comments

The Palatines in Ireland – The Poole Family

This material was gathered for a presentation to the Celtic SIG of the Alberta Family Histories Society in February 2018 and is based on research into my Palatine family roots. The story of the Palatines includes a mix of international conflict, religious unrest, politics and climatology. The following is a gathering of edited excerpts from articles found on the web that help tell their story. (sources are in the endnotes).   Diane Miller Duncan, editor Introduction – The Poole Family from Ireland Back in the 1990s, my Dad and a family friend...

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The World I Entered – Part 5 – Maple syrup, Milk Pasturization, Agriculture, Needs in Europe, Rural Electrification

Posted by on February 8, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The World I Entered – Part 5 – Maple syrup, Milk Pasturization, Agriculture, Needs in Europe, Rural Electrification

When I began this series of articles focused on newspaper clippings from the six months around the time of my birth, I didn’t appreciate how much insight I would gain into the challenges faced by my parents during this period and the environment that helped to shape the person I would become. I did not anticipate how much would be revealed in the pages of the Perth Courier, a local newspaper, and as a result, these posts are long. Dip into the detail, or scan quickly, according to your interest. April 1946 Maple Syrup, Unpasteurized...

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History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Perth

Posted by on February 3, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Perth

“History Leading up to the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Perth”, Perth Courier, Thursday, November 18th, 1965; By Rev. Robert More, Jr., Pastor of the Almonte R.P.C. “I see no warrant in Scripture for using these hymns.” so spoke elder John Holliday in the First Presbyterian Church on Dec. 22, 1827. With this the first outspoken tendency toward the Reformed Presbyterian or Covenanter Church was seen in and around Perth. Since the Reformed Presbyterian Church (locally called “Cameronian” on occasion) in Perth was last seen in the...

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The St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Perth Ontario

Posted by on February 3, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – Perth Ontario

Fifty years ago, my husband and I were married in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Perth Ontario. On 29 July 2017, this congregation marked the 200th anniversary of the first Presbyterian church service in the community. I believe it was about 1992 that my father, J.R. Ernest Miller, assembled a memorial history of the Perth Presbyterian churches “175 Years of Presbyterian Worship”. I dip into his work to share the following. I have augmented his published work with resources found in his research files. History of St....

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The World I Entered – Part 4 – Immigration

Posted by on January 31, 2018 in Community & Family History, Featured Flag | 0 comments

The World I Entered – Part 4 – Immigration

March 1946 Movement of troops back to Canada was well underway. Along with the soldiers, wives and families were given assistance in traveling to Canada. War Brides Arrive This term gained popular currency during WWII to describe women who married Canadian servicemen overseas and then immigrated to Canada after the war to join their husbands. It is now also used to describe women who had similar experiences after WWI. By the end of 1946, there had been 47 783 marriages between Canadian men and European women, which produced 21 950 children....

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