|About The Doners in Canada
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"In the end, we'll all become stories" - Margaret Atwood
While every attempt has been
made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained here-in,
this website is a basis for genealogy hobbyists only, and should not be considered an authoritative
historical text. Further serious study should be done from the sources shown. Anyone using this
website as a source, please cite it.
This short morphing clip depicts the descendancy of Doners from Elder John on down to my family..
Other morphs are spread throughout the tree.
My Family Morph VIDEO
Click to open, then click box on lower right
to expand.Doners in Canada
This family tree project was started by Harold
Ford Doner & carried on by Harry Doner. The amount of work these two men did on all of our
behalves is staggering, and we are all in their debt. In an era predating computers and the
internet, they rummaged in Archives, dug in Land Offices, and travelled this
monstrous gorgeous country simply looking in the phone book for the right surnames
before giving them a call.
Harry Doner arrived on my parents' doorstep when I was about 12 years old and had
driven from Ontario to B.C. in an old sedan, with his dog and a back seat full of
files. A hardcover book was published (The Doners in Canada - Printing House Ltd.
Thornhill Ont. 1974) and in Harry and Harold's honour, I continue their tradition by
bringing their work into the digital age. Since then I have been updating and keeping
it as complete as possible, but need your help.
As of the end of Feb. 2007, there were 14,910 direct descendants (& their
spouses) of the first Doner couple to settle in Markham 200 years ago. So, I
implore you to PLEASE contact me whenever a birth, marriage, death, or special event
happens in your family's life, so that it can be preserved for future generations.
Photos, old or new, are particularly welcome. What is normal & boring to us today may
well be cool & fascinating to our descendants. (Look! It's an actual gasoline-fired
Due to genealogy etiquette, information on living persons is not
posted on the internet, however you may contact me directly for a family password,
about any specific questions you might have, or how you may be related to someone
else in the tree. Please sign the Guest Book (under 'Home' tab at top) if you like what you
The little coloured boxes beside the names indicates a specific lineage as
noted on the bottom of that page. Light blue boxes signify a direct Doner descendant. There are a
few different family colour codes, one being silver to signify direct descendants of John Alden
(1598-1687), who arrived in America aboard the 'Mayflower' in 1620. When I tried to run a report for
Mayflower descendants, it was 168 pages long. So, this affects many common families in this tree.
Watch for the silver colour code for Mayflower descendants.
Keepers of the Tree to date:
Elder John Doner (1821-1906)
Harold Ford Doner (1918- ) - Book Co-Author
Harry Doner (1895-1982) - Book Co-Author
Perry Doner (1958- ) - Website Initiator (2007)
"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."
- Chinese Proverb
For those wondering about royals & gods being on the website, it is
through my mother's side and not the Doners. The lineages shown include some created for
English kings that go back into mythology and gods, which I included for those interested. The
English kings loved to hear that they descended from gods, and the most outlandish were
published by a byzantine monk in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in ~6th Century, showing an ancestry going all the way back to Adam & Eve. It's for interest only, and take it with a grain of salt.
Below is a counter for the countries visiting this website. It didn't get included until there were
5,000 visitors, but it allows you to see the distribution since then. Click on graphic to expand.
The Doners in Canada Family Tree Project
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.
In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.
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