I’m Laurie and I love a good story.
I’ve always been drawn to the rich landscape that is our past. Listening to my elders reminiscing about the past, especially my grandmothers, has led to a life-long fascination with history as it intertwines with storytelling. No one’s life is uneventful; everyone has a story (or many stories) to tell. Some stories are sad, some are even tragic, but many of them are inspirational and uplifting and humorous. They’re all worth telling.
My dad used to start many conversations with “Tell me your life story.” I don’t know that I ever replied with any useful “life story” information, but his unique approach to conversation generally got the telling of that day’s story started.
This site is designed to share some of the interesting stories I discover as I research my family’s history. It is primarily about the Brett family of Essex County, Ontario, but it also contains information about other branches of the Brett family tree which traces back to County Sligo, Ireland.
The blog posts are listed in order of publication in a menu that appears on the right-hand side of this page.
Please note that this site becomes somewhat dormant between posts while I continue my research. My goal is to document most of my findings to pave the way for other researchers to enter the conversation and carry on where I leave off.
I hope you enjoy!
[Updated October 15, 2020]