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Updated 18 August 2011
Gordon A. Watts
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Gordon A. Watts was born 30 October 1941 at Vancouver, British Columbia, the first-born of two sons of Phillip and Dorothy WATTS.
In his teens he was active in Scouting, and was a founding member of the 637 Burnaby Air Cadet Squadron. Gordon earned his Private Pilots license through Air Cadets. Before leaving Air Cadets he attained the rank of Warrent Officer 2, and was the Squadron Warrant Officer.
He spent five years (1960 - 1965) in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he trained in electronics as a Radar Technician. He was stationed variously at: St. Jean - Quebec; Clinton - Ontario; Sydney - Nova Scotia; Biloxi - Mississippi; Beaverlodge - Alberta.
Gordon was married in 1963, then widowed in 1994. He has two children and four grandchildren . Gordon's professional life was dominated by a 31 year career with B.C. Telephone Company. He retired on Halloween 1996.
Gordon became interested in genealogy about 1990. He discovered almost immediately that a friend whom he had known for some 15 years through their shared interest in CB radio, turned out to be a fourth cousin. That same friend was the person who initially interested Gordon in family history research.
Gordon began writing columns for The Global Gazette in 1999 under the banner Post 1901 Census News (Canada). About one year earlier he had become aware of the Canadian government's withholding of Historic Census records from public access. Gordon's work was part of a grassroots movement that successfully lobbied for the opening of Canadian historical census records for public use. This lobbying effort spanned seven years [1998-2005].
With access to historic Canadian census records assured, Gordon began a new series of articles containing news, tips, and other information aimed at assisting those who have an interest in genealogy and/or history. Gordon's recent columns are published under the banner of Gordon Watts Reports.
Awards and Recognition
Gordon reports on three topics this week: Census Day - 10 May 2011 | Have we lost interest? | Death Pennies.... Read on >>
Gordon Watts Reports
During the course of the Post-1901 Census campaign, then opposition Conservative MPs, including now Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced support for public access to historic Census records. That support in fact, was part of an official Conservative party program. In the past year however, the Conservative government has taken steps that leaves one wondering whether or not there will be any Census records left to view in 92 years... Read on >>