Are You Related to an Elf or Reindeer?

By Lesley Anderson

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Most people at some point have fantasized about being related to someone famous. Perhaps a previously unknown blood link to Royalty or a Hollywood celebrity? But have you ever wondered if you might be related to an Elf or a Reindeer?

It seems wild, but it's possible according to the family history records found on Information found in national censuses reveals that from 1865 through 1916, this country had 18 different Elfs living within its borders. There were also 66 Santas, 17 Sleighs and one Reindeer.

Reindeer (who seems to have created the one-name fad long before Prince and Madonna hit the scene) was 62-years-old when the census taker showed up at his door one evening in Edmonton, Alberta in 1901. Perhaps they used the light from his bright red nose to guide their way?

According to the 1911 Census, 45-year-old mother of three Santa Le Cain from Nova Scotia was keeping a list of which of her kids were being naughty and nice. That same year, 37-year-old Elf French was carving out a nice career as a logger in Vancouver. And, in 1861, 16-year-old Scottish immigrant Sleigh Rose was likely tumbling down the Blue Mountains of Grey County, Ontario.

If you search the records you might also find that you are a distant relative of one of the four Merry Christmas' found in past national censuses, like Merry Christmas Dunne – an 11-year-old girl living in Alberta when the 1901 Census was taken. Not entirely surprising, she was born on December 25. Reports that her father was a carpenter have not been substantiated.

Even if you don't find that you are related to one of these early Canadians you are sure to discover something new and exciting about your past when you delve deep into the billions of family history records now available online.

Thanks to the online preservation and indexing of these records, family history research has never been easier or more fun and that's why it continues to be a growing pastime for many Canadians.

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No 'Santa', 'Reindeer' or 'Elves' in my family, but Hans Christian Anderson is my wife's ancestor!

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