Discovering Your Past

Welcome to the official blog of Darrell Gibbs. Here, you’ll find regular updates on Darrell’s writing process, musings on life and literature, and more.

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Exploring the World of Stand-Alone Genealogy Programs

Are you curious about your family history? Do you want to delve into the stories of your ancestors and learn more about where you come from? Look no further than Gramps, a powerful and intuitive genealogy program that is available for free on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux/UNIX. Developed and maintained by a community of genealogists,…

Tips for Beginning Your Genealogy Journey

As a new family historian, starting your genealogy research can seem daunting. With so much information available and so many ancestors to trace, it can be difficult to know where to begin. However, the best place to start is with yourself. By starting with yourself and working backwards, you can begin to gather information, identify…

All About The Census

Censuses are a valuable tool for genealogists and family historians looking to trace their family lineage and history. A census is a count of the population of a particular area or region taken at a specific point in time. Censuses are conducted regularly by governments around the world, and they collect a wide range of…

Family Group Sheets: A Key Tool for Genealogy Research

One of the most important tools you’ll need in genealogy is a Family Group Sheet. This simple form is a great way to organize and keep track of your ancestors and their families, and can be an invaluable resource as you work to uncover your family’s history.

Preserving Our Past: The Importance of Documenting Family Heirlooms and Artifacts

Family heirlooms and artifacts are objects that have been passed down from one generation to the next within a family. They can include everything from jewelry and furniture to letters, diaries, and photographs. These items can hold significant historical, cultural, and sentimental value, making them important to preserve and pass down to future generations.

25 Common Mistakes Newbie Family Historians Make

Genealogy is a fascinating pursuit that allows us to uncover the stories of our ancestors and learn more about our family history. However, as with any field of research, there are common mistakes that newbies often make. These mistakes can lead to inaccurate or incomplete information and can cause frustration for researchers. In order to…

Yeoman Pioneers in Upper Canada

The history of our ancestors can be a source of pride and inspiration, and for me, that history is rooted in the yeoman farmers of Upper Canada in the 1800s.  On my paternal side, my third great-grandfather Thomas Gibbs came from East Grinstead, West Sussex England, and settled around London, Ontario, where he and his…

Preserving Family History: Tips for Restoring and Digitizing Old Family Photos

Old family photos are precious treasures that provide a glimpse into our family’s history and legacy. However, as time passes, these photos can become damaged, faded, and worn. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to preserve and restore these important artifacts. By digitizing your family photos, you can ensure they are easily accessible…


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