Roots" is a website designed to explore my parents' memories
of their childhood in Canada, the Ontario of the 1940s and 50s.
As part of an oral history project I have interviewed my parents,
Jim and Janet Sturgis. I have also used an interview my Father
with my Grandfather, Harold Sturgis in 1994 as well as other family
photographs, documents and letters.
these interviews I talked to my parents about their upbringing
family background. What was it like for Jim, my father, who subsequently
became a wine lover, growing up in a "dry" province? What about
my non-religious mother growing up as the daugher of a prominent
Presybyterian Minister? I wanted to discover more about the family's
"Canadian roots" and about the culture and values they inherited
from their parents and grandparents.
was also interested to find out what had motivated them to leave
behind their home in Canada and to come and live in England, reversing
the steps of their ancestors who were originaly from Europe. As
I interviewed my parents, I became aware of their own sense of their
family roots, in particular, my mother's Presbyterian roots in Scotland.