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McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« on: Wednesday 21 March 12 14:14 GMT (UK) »
Grace Downie McKean & Peter Nelson McKean (my maternal grandparents)  and 4 kids emigrated to Lethbridge in about 1949.  Peter worked at Lethbridge Experimental Station.  Grace died 1951 and is buried in Lethbridge.  Peter and 2 daughters returned to Scotland in 1953.  Have no details of which ship they travelled to Canada on, and don't know where they lived in Lethbridge.  Any info would be much appreciated.
McLeod, McKean, Hepburn (Fife)
McGowan, Gowan (Dumfriesshire, Ireland)
Nelson, McKean (Lanarkshire)
McKean, Mulgrew (Lethbridge, Alberta)
Boswell, Plumb, Lyon, Stokes, Pemberton, Crawford, Threadgold (Cheshire)
Tierney (Scotland/Ireland)

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 21 March 12 16:55 GMT (UK) »
http://www.lethlib.ca/
If you contacted the Lethbridge Public Library - under contacts there is a email address for questions - they should be able to look up Peter in their directories and provide and address.

Incoming Canadian passenger lists are not available past 1935 (privacy laws).  Findmypast should have an outgoing passenger list that you can view.

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 21 March 12 21:46 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Debbie.  I've sent a message to Lethbridge Library and am awaiting a reply.  Findmypast didn't have any records of my grandparent's journey to Canada unfortunately.  My mum was convinced that she had been on the Queen Mary, although she would have been a baby when they left Scotland.  I'm wondering if the passenger lists for the QM are not available online at present.
McLeod, McKean, Hepburn (Fife)
McGowan, Gowan (Dumfriesshire, Ireland)
Nelson, McKean (Lanarkshire)
McKean, Mulgrew (Lethbridge, Alberta)
Boswell, Plumb, Lyon, Stokes, Pemberton, Crawford, Threadgold (Cheshire)
Tierney (Scotland/Ireland)

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 22 March 12 15:54 GMT (UK) »
I looked at New York city arrivals on ancestryand didn't see your grandparents but there are spelling variations and mistranscriptions which could account for that.  Also is they travelled under initials only it is harder to find them and I didn't check that.

Ellis Island has New York arrivals for free - you just have to register to view the images.
http://ellisisland.org/

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #4 on: Friday 23 March 12 09:54 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Debbie.  I had a look at Ellis Island, but they're not listed.  I've never seen a passenger list for the QUEEN MARY - I wonder if anybody else has?
McLeod, McKean, Hepburn (Fife)
McGowan, Gowan (Dumfriesshire, Ireland)
Nelson, McKean (Lanarkshire)
McKean, Mulgrew (Lethbridge, Alberta)
Boswell, Plumb, Lyon, Stokes, Pemberton, Crawford, Threadgold (Cheshire)
Tierney (Scotland/Ireland)

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 24 March 12 18:26 GMT (UK) »
I too have an ancestor who emigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1942. She married a Canadian serviceman in Scotland, although his family were originally from Scotland as well.

Both are now deceased and whilst I have found some useful info on LDS I cannot trace where they are buried or obituaries for them. I have tried the contact for lethbridge Library but cannot access the site, probably something I am doing.

Good luck with your search
Stewart: Scotland & Ireland
Buchanan: Scotland
Stephen: Scotland& Canada
Diamond: Ireland & Scotland
McCallum, Scotland

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #6 on: Monday 26 March 12 14:44 BST (UK) »
I managed to access the Lethbridge Library website and sent an e-mail (questions@lethlib.ca) asking about Lethbridge Experimental Station, but have yet to receive a reply.  Most of the info I've got I gathered whilst visiting Lethbridge in 2007.  I had the advantage that my late mother had told me where my grandmother was buried (however, we had to search the whole cemetery looking for the grave!).  Whilst there I visited the library and searched the microfiche and found the obituary.  I also (after much searching) found a private company that provided a death certificate.  Have you contacted Vital Statistics - Alberta Registries (e-mail) VSOOPC@gov.ab.ca for  documents (eg death certificates)?  I obtained a medical certificate of death from them for my grandmother, as she was only in her 30s when she died.

Good luck with your search also :)
McLeod, McKean, Hepburn (Fife)
McGowan, Gowan (Dumfriesshire, Ireland)
Nelson, McKean (Lanarkshire)
McKean, Mulgrew (Lethbridge, Alberta)
Boswell, Plumb, Lyon, Stokes, Pemberton, Crawford, Threadgold (Cheshire)
Tierney (Scotland/Ireland)

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #7 on: Monday 26 March 12 20:05 BST (UK) »
Glad you managed to visit the grave, and sorry about the circumstances. I have absolutely no chance of visiting Lethbridge.

I have a cousin in Canada and despite my asking he still refuses to visit Alberta as, when he finished laughing, he told me it would take about three days to drive there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Still I have him on the job so hopefully He will come up with some info.

My relationship is not nearly as close as yours. The lady was a  cousin of my Father, who is now aged 88, but clearly remembers attending the wedding of the McNabs in 1942.

Still this is what the research is all about, trying to tie up all the loose ends. However the deeper I dig the more loose ends I come up with.

Keep digging and the best of luck
Stewart: Scotland & Ireland
Buchanan: Scotland
Stephen: Scotland& Canada
Diamond: Ireland & Scotland
McCallum, Scotland

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Re: McKEAN in Lethbridge, Alberta
« Reply #8 on: Monday 26 March 12 20:32 BST (UK) »
http://lethbridgeherald.newspaperarchive.com/
Lethbridge newspaper archives used to be free but now is a pay site.
Perhaps you might find something

Debbie