Have you ever tried to find a relative named Jones or Smith? Well that’s what it’s like for me – I’m trying to locate people who came to BC when my grandparents arrived in Canada in 1923. I’m a bit late. All those people have passed away, and so have many of their offspring. So I must rely on the memories of their grandkids, and also on church records. But those are miles from where I live, and often on microfeish – and that’s tough to read. Plus you have to GO there to do the research. Another blind alley.
How do I find the right Warkentin and Isaak in a region where those names are common as Jones or Smith? My first clue is that my grandfather was reputedly a fine blacksmith.