Family Histories

Dan & Judy Shiels welcome you to our Family History Site!

This website offers a collection of a number of families starting with

SHIELS – GERRY – JONES – PHILLIPS

This site is under construction with a major rework underway. Please visit often to see what we have changed.

Each family is laid out the same with the first Generation labeled G1, second generation G2 and so on.

All of the early history is accessible to everyone, however in order to protect the privacy of living relatives, a user name and password is required to see details on living relatives.

To obtain a user name, please send an email to info@shiels.ca

Shiels Family

Gerry Family

Our history on the Shiels Family starts back in 1671 with Michael Shiels. He came from Kildaire, Ireland to Scotland for the harvest. Family stories say that he liked the country, the whiskey and the Scottish Lassies so well that he decided to stay. He came to an area near Biggar, Scotland. He worked for Dan Scott and married the boss’s niece Bessie. 

We have traced Michael’s descendants and although many of them stayed in Scotland, many more moved to North America and their stories are recorded here for future generations.

Please follow this link to read about the Shiels Family. The photo below shows some of the Shiels Family in the 1800’s.

Our Gerry history starts in Devon, England. John Gerry was born there in 1755 and he married Elizabeth Parsons in 1785. 

The family remained in the Devon area their entire life and had 10 children. One son, William, died in infancy. Two of the children never married and the other seven children married and produced 40 grand-children for John & Elizabeth.

Their son John Gerry and his family emigrated to Canada and settled in Ontario. Some of their descendants moved west into Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  

Please follow this link to read about the Gerry Family. The photo below shows some of the Gerry Family in the 1800’s.

Jones Family

Phillips Family

The Jones family is a very common name around the world and we have tried to trace one small portion of the larger Jones family from Wales. Our Jones research goes back to Simon Jones, born in 1678 at Llanddeiniolen, Caernarvonshire, Wales. He married Theadosiae Cowell and they had two children, Simon & Anne.

Although the family started in Wales and many descendants remained there, there were a number of descendants that also went to Canada, the United States of America and also to Australia.

If you are connected to this line, you should begin by finding your name, your parents or grandparents name in the table of contents and then go to that page and work backwards. Each section shows who their parents were. Alternately, you can start at the top and work down in the generations. Each generation has a summary of the family and where more information is available, there is a reference to the next section.

Much of the data collected here is from Ancestry and a number of people completed their DNA testing to validate their ancestry.

Dan Shiels is a 10th generation descendant of Simon Jones.

Please follow this link to see the details on the Jones Family.  The photo below shows some of the Jones Family in the 1800’s.

Our story starts in Pembrokeshire in a small village known as Navern, about 8 miles southwest of Cardigan and half way between Cardigan and Fishgard.

Thomas Phillips was born there in 1708.  Many of the families remained in Pembrokeshire while others moved to other counties such as Carmarthenshire, Glamorganshire, Monmouthshire, Cardiganshire, Gloucestershire, Linconshire, Montgomeryshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. A number of descendants also emigrated abroad to Australia, Canada, New Zealand the United States. The USA descendants were spread across the country in 11 states from New York to California.

There are many occupations spread across the descendants and are listed where available including farmer, shoemaker, coal miner, mason, stonemason, school teacher, grocer assistant, hewer, Post Office Manager and house builder.

Much of the data collected here is from Ancestry and a number of people completed their DNA testing to validate their ancestry.

Dan Shiels is a 10th generation descendant of Thomas Phillips.

Please follow this link to see the details on the Phillips Family. The photo below shows some of the Phillips Family in the 1800’s.

Please take a moment to Sign our Guestbook  so we can continue to expand our history.  You will also see all that have signed the guestbook before you.

You can also send a note to history@shiels.ca  We look forward to hearing from you.

Help us Improve

In family history, it is always exciting to find where we came from. There is always that one more challenge and the most difficult part is keeping it up to date for future generations. We would be happy to add any additional information you may have, including any updates and photos on what we have as well as births, weddings and deaths since our book was published. We look forward to hearing from you. We are also looking to expand and fill in some missing families so we can really use your help.

Please send comments and additions to history@shiels.ca

Thanks
Dan Shiels
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada