Questions or Comments
We welcome questions and comments about this site.
It is through these questions and comments that often we learn new information about our family history.
Our genealogy database can be searched through this website. The database includes information on many early Barbados families who are connected to the Gittens family of Barbados.
The database also includes my maternal line, Crittenden along with my wife's family lines of Johnson and Foreman. These lines are not connected to Barbados.
Add or Correct Information
If you find ancestor information on this site which you feel needs correction please drop us a note.
We are also pleased to add new information about any of your ancestors who might be on our site.
A short history
The Johnson and Foreman families are Donna’s (my wife) paternal and maternal family surnames. The Johnson family arrived in Ontario, Canada from Sweden in 1876, and remained in Ontario. The Foreman family lived in Quebec, Canada before moving to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada circa 1920.
The Crittenden family, is my maternal family line. My mother, Audrey Lillian Crittendenwas born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Crittenden family emigrated from England to Connecticut in the USA before settling in Nova Scotia, Canada, in about 1780. The family moved to Quebec, Canada, in about 1915.
From Our Blog
Arthur Reynold “Kelly” Foster (1890 – 1965) My grandfather was born on the 14th of December, 1890 in a house in Beckles Road. He was baptized on January 14th, 1891 at St. Ambrose Chapel on River Road. After going to primary school in Chelsea Road at Mrs. Collymore’s where, incidentally, he met Annie Waite, his […]
The vast majority of our Barbados Gittens ancestors have very little information of an historical nature written about them, other than births, deaths and marriages. However, there are some Gittens who have played prominent roles in the history of Barbados. As a result, there is a reasonable amount of historical information written about them. This […]
Amazingly the family of Barbara Ellen Clincket (Leach) Mair continues to expand, connecting again with long lost family. This time reuniting with her cousin Mary who Barbara had not seen since 1929….that’s 82 years ago! Barbara sums it up perfectly in her e-mail…. “Well ! What next? Not only your own study but now […]
Another interesting challenge for family research. London – Many a young girl has filled up an old notebook or a spare scrap of paper trying out a different name for size. But it seems that by the time they grow up, they have rather gone off the idea – with a study claiming that one […]
A Sketch of the Life of Edwin “Teddy” Johnson Gittens (1887-1921) Edwin Johnson Gittens was my grandfather. He was better known as “Teddy” for most of his life. Teddy was born in about 1887 somewhere in the New York City area. He was the child of Edwin Thomas George Gittens and Isabella Gretton (Leach) Gittens […]
Gordon “Paul” Johnson (1923-2010) Paul was my father-in-law who had lived with Donna and I for the last 15 years. He was very much a part of our extended family and he will be missed by everyone. His obituary follows. Mr. Paul Johnson of Langley, BC, died Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Langley Memorial Hospital […]
Introduction The Thunder Bay, Ontario area has been described as the oldest area of Finnish settlement in Canada. One of the earliest or even the first Finnish inhabitants of Thunder Bay was Donna’s (my wife) Great Grandmother Katherine Johnson. This sketch of Katherine Johnson’s life was published in a book titled “The Bay Street Project” […]
A Life Sketch of Ivan Clement Gittens (1916-1980) Ivan was born April 23, 1916 in the Parish of Christ Church, Barbados the son of Edwin “Teddy” Johnson Gittens and Annie “Sis” Eileen Foster. Ivan was baptized on May 7, 1916 in the Roman Catholic Church of St. Patrick, in the Parish of St. Michael, […]
I learned that there is a new book to be soon released chronicling the Haynes family of England and Barbados written by Dr. E Stewart Johnson. The book will be released on September 28, 2011 but can be pre-ordered from the publisher. I ordered my copy. The book is called ‘Reading to Barbados and Back’ […]
Interesting Facts About the Gittens Family Genealogy