My grandmother is from Millidgeville, a small neighbourhood on the north edge of Saint John, New Brunswick that took its name from a prominent shipbuilder. She grew up in the 1930s and ’40s at a time when fewer than 100 families lived in the community year round.
4023028539_e1a2665d9b_oHer father was George Miles “Ted” Barr (1905-1973). He worked for T.S. Simms Ltd. in Saint John, New Brunswick for over 55 years. Starting at age 13 as a handyman, he eventually became a plant superintendent and finally an engineer with the company. Barr had a number of inventions to his name, including three patented machines.

George Barr was the son of William Alfred Barr (abt. 1884-1933) and Elizabeth “Bessie” Myrtle Neal (1885-1950).
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At the beginning of the year I started a family history project. While I had some vague notions of being Irish on my mother’s side and that my dad’s family was from the Netherlands, I had never actually done the work.

I’m now five months in to some preliminary research and am having a lot of fun amid some frustrations. There are a million and one roadblocks still in the way, but therein lies the thrill in sleuthing.

A very basic description of my family lines:

Paternal: both parents are from the Netherlands (they immigrated to Canada from Tull en ‘t Waal, near Houten, in the 1950s). Their families mostly lived in small communities around Utrecht province.
Maternal: my grandfather is from Prince Edward Island and descends from 18 and 19th century Irish and English immigrants. My grandmother is from New Brunswick and descends from 18 and 19th century Northern Irish and English immigrants.

While this is my first foray in genealogical research, I did take a 23andMe test about 6 years ago and, this week, my AncestryDNA results came back. Here’s a quick look at the results of these two tests: Continue reading “Genes”