Calling all genealogy enthusiasts! On May 31st, historian Dianne Brydon presents her genealogical research in comiling her family history book, The Stalwart Brydons.
About the Book:
Family lore relates that Robert Brydon and Margaret Armstrong (parents of the stalwart Brydons) married in Scotland before emigrating to Galt in 1841 with their infant son Francis. Robert's sudden death in 1866, without a will, changed the course of his family's history. Margaret's subsequent petition for guardianship of her younger children's interests suggests that Robert was not Francis' father. A subsequent hunt for evidence turned up a variety of documents which proved Robert lived in Canada, as a single man, during the 1830's, before Margaret's reported arrival.
This talk will lay out the evidence compiled to piece together the story, and to complete other stories about Margaret and her descendents after they arrived in Manitoba and settled in the Beautiful Plains.
About the Speaker:
Dianne Brydon and her father James Brydon, PhD, recently published their family history The Stalwart Brydons: From Scotland to Galt to Portage la Prairie, a Family History of 100 Years in Canada,. Jim grew up in Portage la Prairie and attended U of M before moving to Ottawa to work as a soil chemist. He applied a scientist's rigour to his family history research, begun over 30 years ago before the web or digitization made hunting down documents easy. When Dianne retired in 2013, Jim asked her to put her MA in Historical Geography to use and help him finish the book. Dianne subsequently found documentary evidence that refuted many of the stories in family lore and fleshed out others that were unknown.