William John Irvine – 60 Years of Diaries

For sixty years my grandfather William John Irvine documented his life as a young Irish immigrant and homesteader to Canada.  My Uncle Bob spent many years transcribing perhaps a third of these diaries with the plan to share these someday.   He has now passed the torch to me to carry on.

I’ve asked the online genealogy community how best to do this and got lots of wonderful feedback.  The consensus was to create a separate blog or place for the diaries.  They liked the idea of hearing his comments of homesteading on the prairies; his comments around major world events and they want to hear more stories such as the one I wrote about The Mail Order Bride.

I know I can’t possibly give you 60 years of diary entries but I will do my best to bring Grandpa Irvine’s Diaries to life, in order to share with you, my family and with our online genealogy friends, this remarkable journal.

Introducing…. Grandpa Irvine’s Diaries.