About 40 or so years ago I received an unsolicited letter from a distant
relative in Nova Scotia outlining some of my ancestry in the
Yeadon/Umlah/Boutilier lineages. Like many other documents, I read it with
interest and promptly tucked it away to gather dust. However, some years later,
after I bought my first computer, I started some research on
my family tree but it became a hit and miss effort with little success until
approximately two years ago (2002) when I started to take it more seriously. I used
most of the available tools including many hours of library research and
endless hours tracing links on the hundreds of genealogy sites located on the
Internet. I also solicited information from many sources, especially in Nova
Scotia and I thank them for their assistance.
Presenting an easy to follow, interesting, Family Tree can be a daunting,
challenging task.Tribal Pages, however, fits the bill. It permits entry of photos,
events, biographies and anything else that may make a family tree interesting.
A Family Tree can become very complex when the names of distant
aunts, uncles, and cousins are included. Their link is significant but I
decided to take a more direct approach for the sake of simplicity and to show
my descendants (eight grandchildren) the lineages that brought them into this
Regrettably, it seems an impossible task to trace all links and lineages back
centuries ago. For example, I was able to trace the Boutilier marriage link
back to France in 1596 whereas information on some other links is not
available beyond the present generation. No family history is ever complete, the
march of time moves on, relentlessly creating new history. Nevertheless, it is
remarkable what information does survive about one's ancestors, but inevitably
the further back you travel the fainter their echo's become.
The Tree is far from complete but I will leave that task for my grandchildren
Alan Yeadon, August, 2004
p.s. Music being played is one of my favorites....Elgar's "Pomp and
p.p.s. Please take a minute and sign my 'Guestbook'