Friday, November 30, 2007

Canadian grandmothers

CNW Group | ANCESTRY.CA | Do you know your grandmother's maiden name? One in four Canadians have no idea, according to survey:
"Canadians lack awareness about their family history, but want to learn more
TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ -,

Canada's largest online resource for family history, revealed the results of a national genealogy survey involving more than 1,000 respondents. The results show that a staggering 39 per cent of Canadians cannot trace their roots back more than 100 years, and 20 per cent don't know where their families came from before moving to Canada.

The survey, conducted by MarketTools, also reveals that a surprising 24 per cent of Canadians don't know the maiden name of any of their grandmothers and 22 per cent have no idea what any of their grandfathers did for a living.
'The survey results point to the fact that many Canadians are in the dark when it comes to essential questions about their past. Many people have come to this country for a new beginning, but they have left a lot of information behind, information that can go a long way in teaching them about who they are,' says Megan Smolenyak, chief family historian,"


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