About Ian Hadden

I was born, raised, and educated in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My wife, Ellen, and I currently live in Pickering, Ontario, which is located just east of Toronto.

As a young man, I was puzzled and curious about my family’s roots. I knew my family origins were Scottish on my father’s side and Irish on my mother’s. All of the Hadden families listed in the Toronto telephone directory were related to my family but what of other family members, particularly those left behind in ancestral lands? I knew that all families have a story to tell but I didn’t know mine. And so began my now 35-plus year quest to discover my roots.

I have discovered acts of heroism, struggles through tough times, tragedies, and the occasional ‘skeleton in the closet.’ I have expanded my research to include the richness of my wife’s family history and discovered along the way ancestral connections between us that continue to amaze.

I am a member of the Ontario (Canada) Genealogical Society, the Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and a former member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Ontario (Canada) Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Genealogy is not a hobby – it is a passion!

Thanks you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Please do so often and please feel free to share your thoughts, comments, ideas, questions and experiences leaving a comment.

Please feel free to contact me directly at ian.hadden@rogers.com. You can also connect with me through Facebook and Twitter!

2 thoughts on “About Ian Hadden

  1. My name is Angela Faulkner. I have been researching my husbands genealogy and found that he and Ellen share a relative in common. I found a picture of her standing by the gravestone of Edmund Faulkner in Andover, Massachusetts. Just this week I took that same picture of my husband. I would really love to talk to you about the Faulkner line that goes back to England. They were obviously well-to-do landowners in Kingsclere but left shortly before the English Civil War. Makes me wonder if the Faulkners found themselves on the wrong side of the king. Interesting to speculate about. Any information you may have would be helpful. Thanks!

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