About Me

Camping at Michichi with my fambly

* NOTE * – This site is getting a little facelift. As I try on new templates and reorganize the content, you may come here and feel lost. It’s still me and I’ll still be offering the same great information on my family history research and my personal adventures. Watch for it!


I am a 50-something Canadian gal who has chosen to settle in Calgary – at least for the time being. I have four grown children and two grandchildren. I live with my husband Tom and our “senior” cat (77 human-equivalent years old), Snickers.

I grew up in northern British Columbia, tramping through the bush and communing with birds and trees. I do miss the quiet and solitude of that kind of life, but for now we are staying where our business is. It helps pay for my adventures!

Even so, I am a Nature Girl still. You can take the girl out of the country, but, well… you know.

My education is in computers and I have worked downtown, on contract with some of Canada’s major natural gas companies in their web departments, but now I am at home, working with Tom at our Business, New Dawn Manuals Ltd.

One of my main hobbies is researching data on a particular ancient civilization. Another is researching my family tree, particularly the Kirkpatrick part of it. And lately I have grown extremely interested in “urban homesteading.” I love to travel, explore, and examine “alternative” points of view. So, this blog will be all about these interests and friends and family and good times.

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4 Responses to About Me

  1. Michael Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi Dawn – Thanks for all the work you have done on the Kirkpatricks! Please keep it up. Best wishes, Michael Kirkpatrick

  2. Dawn-Ann says:

    It’s my pleasure, Michael. It’s like an addiction now, though! :)

  3. Jim Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi Dawn. I see the first of 4 letters from Great Uncle Sam, which I really enjoyed as I haven’t read it for many years. Are the other 3 letters also available somewhere on your site?
    Thanks for all you do!

  4. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Jim! Thanks for writing. I am glad you enjoyed the letters. I don’t think I have all of Great Uncle Sam’s letters online yet, but one day I will have to get around to that. Would you like me to email some them to you? I think I have all of them scanned somewhere!

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