This blog is to provide resources for people researching family genealogy in Newfoundland, Canada. My father, Herbert Vallance Taylor, was born and raised in Bristol’s Hope, NL and my mother, Marion Vivian [Snow] Taylor was born in St. John’s, NL.
I started researching my father’s family the end of 1994 to prepare for a family reunion taking place in June of 1995. Over the years I have found several generations of the Taylor family in Bristol’s Hope (aka Mosquito) dating back to 1776. I have been lucky because my father’s family stayed in the same town and most all of them attended the Methodist Church. All I had to do to find the earlier generations and link them was to go to the parish birth records.
My mother’s family, on the other hand, I more recently started to research and am finding it very difficult. Family members moved around to other cities and towns in Newfoundland and attended different churches. I am still working on finding information on my mother’s grandfather, William Joseph Snow, who married twice and has 21 children between the two marriages. The children from the second marriage I have been able to find in parish records, however, the first children I have had little luck finding in the parish records.