Gander” genealogy project - Introduction
(Now with street
25 Sept 2017
by Robert G Pelley)
The "Old airport" has disappeared and, even worse, with the passage of time, the names of the people who once lived there are slowly fading away This information must be preserved for future generations who may wish to research their roots.
early 2015 I started researching what information was
available about former residents. Luckily there
were good initial sources, such as phone books, the 1945
census, biographies by former residents, official
histories and a weekly TWA employee newsletter covering
period from 1945-59. Faye
Raynard's pages in the original "Flight" website also
provided a number of names. It was also
possible for example to purchase documents on Pan
Am from the University of Miami.
the first version of the genealogy project was posted in
autumn 2015, several people were mentioned for their
help getting the ball rolling. Carol Walsh, Eric
Smith and the Gander Beacon provided excellent
geographical references that were the foundation of this
project. This newest version is now available as a
result of a great amount of new information. That
information was sometimes partial and even conflicting -
but at the end of the day gave an excellent consensus.
My heartfelt appreciation therefore to all those who participated in what is now “our” project, rather than “my” project. Our children’s children will thank us.
The result of this research is shown below and divided into several sections. Each clickable section has a list giving the building number and street address, the organization using it and the names of the occupants, along with the appropriate reference map. As can be easily seen, this is a geography-based reference, where the building number is the basic starting point to look up names. It is my intention if possible to some day redo it all but using family names as the search criteria.
Several comments before looking at the lists and maps:
- as can be seen from the maps attached, the numbering system for the old airport buildings is baffling. Numbers are far from consecutive and jump from one side of the airport to another. In many cases buildings have the same number, for example those on Chestnut on the American side and the Canadian side.
there may be more families listed in a given
building that apartments available. This is because
people moved around quite frequently on the old airport
and may have lived in several buildings. Particularly in
the case of airlines, there was a lot of movement to and
note that the lists are entitled father, mother,
children for reasons of standardization. However in
cases the identified adults were single.
please note that the lists are entitled father, mother, children for reasons of standardization. However in certain cases the identified adults were single.
Any information you can give to improve this genealogy section (and the website in general) would be very helpful. When giving your information, please identify firstly the area (ex Army side), then the bldg number, followed by the names of persons concerned.
None of us are not getting any younger – so your help is very much appreciated! Robert Pelley
(Please replace the comma by a period when replying -
I hate being spammed!!)
1a. Army side list
1b. Army side map
2a. Canadian side list
2b. Canadian side map
3a. Railway area list
3b. Railway station map
4a. RAF area list
4b. Railway area map
5a. American side list
5b. American side map
6a. Other areas (BOAC-Caledonia Camp, Macnamaras, Union East, Receiving center-Old navy site)
6b. Aerial map BOAC and MacNamaras
7. A note on squatters in Gander