Download Geordies, Yankees and Canucks PDF Full Free by William C. Wonders and published by Trafford on Demand Pub. This book was released on 2006 with total page 420 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The "Wonders" surname is not a common one and when encountered, it frequently arouses curiosity as to its origin. The author has spent over three decades attempting to solve this puzzle. Its earliest documented presence is in Northumberland in Northeastern England in the mid-seventeenth century. However, he is convinced that it evolved from a much earlier presence as "Winders" with an origin in Cumbria in Northwestern England, dating as far back as the twelfth century. It is likely that it was originally derived from an Irish-Norse place name. He also includes other sources in mainland Europe which form an entirely separate group of "Wonders" today. The author sets out the nature of the various areas in which his ancestors lived and the conditions which prevailed at the time, as he follows their known movements from Northumberland to County Durham and emigration to the United States. For some two centuries, these were linked to the coal mining industry but from the latter part of the 19th century increasing numbers of them moved into agriculture and subsequently into widely varied careers. This took them across the U.S.A. to the Midwest and finally to the Pacific coast, with the author's grandparents ultimately moving north to Southern Ontario. Wonders draws on a wide spectrum of material--official records, church and archival documents, contemporary newspapers and published accounts, family records, letters, questionnaires and interviews--to provide a vivid backdrop for the lives of his Wonders family over time. Material and information has been collected by him in England, the United States and Canada. 58 maps/diagrams 91 photos published 2006 Review Comments for GEORDIES, YANKEES AND CANUCKS THE NORTHUMBRIAN, Oct.2006 - "Thirty years of exhaustive research has resulted in a work of impressive quality and quantity." Durham County Archivist, Durham - "I am sure that the volume will be of great interest and assistance to our researchers here." Cumbria County Archivist, Carlisle - "We are very impressed by the scope of your book and the depth of its historical research." Sheila Lawson, Editor, Cumbria F.H.S. - "I am sure your excellent book will have a wide appeal to audiences around the world." Mildred Black, Newcastle upon Tyne - "Your book will not only be of great interest to me and to my family, but to many friends too. Your photographs are excellent and so well chosen to show the area. I look forward to reading all the material." Rita Jackson, genealogist, Seaton Sluice, NBL - "The book is so very good and has been meticulously researched... I most certainly enjoyed it. Just looking at all of the chapter headings amazes me." Dr. R. Common, Belfast, N.I. - "A tour de force! ...I am amazed at the amount of textual information, the diagrams and their contents - never mind the bonus of well chosen photographs." Samuel J. Wonders, Indiana - "A quick scan tells me it is going to be a great book (which will) answer a lot of questions for the Wonders family." Prof. J. Desloges, University of Toronto - "A tremendous accomplishment and rich archive with a great sense of the geographies of life."