Many people want to know about their family’s history, but don’t have a clue where to start, or haven’t got the time to research it on their own time.
When I was younger, I was fascinated by how my diverse family came together, who we were, where we came from and how we got where we are now. I began to dig deeper into my family history and found that not only was it fascinating, I realized how passionate I became about doing the research and detective work that comes with being a family historian. I love the ‘hunt’. I saw a whole world of intrigue, of untold family stories that would be lost if not preserved, tragic or heroic journeys, stories of hard working labourers, numerous service men who fought for our freedom, families who perhaps lost everything or made new lives elsewhere. In short, I discovered that every family has a story and I wanted to help people find theirs – to help them preserve their family stories for future generations.
Short Bio – Updated January 2014
Quite simple really – I love genealogy!!!
My name is Maxine Watt and I am the self proclaimed Family Historian for my family. I first became interested in genealogy when I was about 15 (many years ago). Over time I have had to set aside my interest to look after and raise my four amazing, active kids. When they were little I started doing ‘research for hire’, and I loved it, for a while I was able to drag them to libraries etc. with the promise of a treat but eventually even treats couldn’t make up for hours on end in the library. I had to put away doing research for others but continued my love of genealogy by torturing my own relatives. The kids have all grown now with two (proudly) finished University and two more currently in their second and third years. I decided to take my love for genealogy to the next level and through the University of Toronto and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies I obtained certificates in both Irish and Canadian Studies. Over the past few years, I have travelled from one end of Canada to the other and made trips to England, Dublin and Belfast all to gain confidence in my ability to do research and to prepare myself to help others in their search for their ancestors. I now have the credentials, skills, enthusiasm and TIME to help others!
For the next 6 months or so, I will be in Belfast happily digging through old records and traipsing through cemeteries!!! If you have some research that you would like done on your Irish Roots, and are not able to find the time to pursue, now would be a good time to book a block of time or one of my packages.
Being able to say “Guess what I found out today” – really does make me happy.
I love helping.