Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Genealogy research...John Griffith Williams

This is my paternal Grandfather, John Griffith Williams, born on Feb 17, 1888 in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, and died on June 28, 1974 in Vancouver BC.
Yesterday I attended my very first genealogy group meeting at the main branch library in downtown Vancouver. There were 7 of us all together.
Diane Jones, the leader, was very informative and helpful.
She gave me many suggestions for my search to locate the maiden name of my Grandfather's first wife, Nellie. Someone suggested her real name may have been Ellen, but my Mom insists it was simply Nellie. (or Nelly) 
One thing that Diane suggested was to look for Welsh Genealogy groups on Facebook, and I did that yesterday and was approved and am now a member. Lo and behold, Ken Davies had joined just below me! He is the wonderful man who helped me last November with my research on my Grandfather's brother, William Joseph Williams.
I tell you, it is a small world out there!
Here is Nellie Williams. She died in 1926, not long after her son, Harry died at the age of five in 1925.
My goal is to find out her maiden name, where she was born, and where she died.
My Mom mentioned today when I told her all about my meeting I attended, that Grandpa John's second wife, my Grandma Alma May (Palmer) and the Mother of my Dad, lived in the house in which Nellie died. This was in Spalding, Saskatchewan so that's one clue. Maybe Nellie and little Harry are buried there.

1 comment:

jenann said...

Hi Loretta - I've tried to contact you before but didn't hear back. I'm a member of and have found your grandfather's birth record and two probable census records of him as a young man and as an older child. They give his parents' names etc and occupation. Let me know if you want more details. Jenni xx