Historians and genealogists are often intrigued by the simplest of “things”. Often, an off-handed comment or a simple photograph will cause them to “go down” a genealogical or historical “rabbit hole”, with some interesting results. READ ON
This is an interesting story involving some genealogical detective work!
Anyone who grew up in Medicine Hat in the 50’s or 60’s and who is interested in the history of Medicine Hat will enjoy this story about a legendary character whose name will be familiar to most and which will … Continue reading
I have always enjoyed reading and learning more about world history and more recently I became fascinated with the history of World War I. I also have always had a keen interest in the history of my hometown of Medicine … Continue reading
I have always had a keen interest in history and more recently genealogy and from time to time I have researched and endeavoured to document my family history, for what purpose, I was not exactly sure. I have always enjoyed … Continue reading
Introduction: I have always had a keen interest in history, particularly the history of World War I and the Second World War. More recently, I became interested in genealogy and as a result, from time to time have researched and … Continue reading
A recent post on the Facebook page ”If you grew up in Medicine Hat you remember when” caught my attention. Quite interestingly, the photo and accompanying post garnered a great deal of interest from the Facebook followers of the site, … Continue reading
Fact or Fiction: The Relationship of the Scott Family of Medicine Hat to the Famous Explorer Captain James Cook At the request of my good friend Gary Scott and consistent with my unabated enthusiasm for genealogical research, I began to … Continue reading
The Origins and History of the Cypress Hills and a Prominent “Metis” Family from Medicine Hat
Having been born and raised in Medicine Hat and having lived there all of my life, I have a keen interest in its history. More recently, I became interested in genealogy and this interest combined with my passion for local Medicine Hat history resulted in an article entitled, “Demons of the Soul: The Origins and History of the Bliss Family of Medicine Hat and the Infamous Bill Bliss”. For those who grew up in Medicine Hat in the 50’s and 60’s, the name “Bliss” surname was synonymous with Saratoga Park, being one of the many Metis families who resided there. By some accounts, as many as 20 or 30 families resided in this area at one time. Other Metis families during this era included names such as Akers, Bray, Demarais, Gosselins, Cayenne, Gaudry, Lawrence, Laframboise, McKay, Oullettes, Quesnelle and Sanderson and many generations of these families continue to call Medicine Hat their “home”.
Interestingly, many in the Metis community of Medicine Hat can trace their origins to the Cypress Hills and the arrival of the NWMP. READ ON