I created this site to act as place for information on my branch of the Halls family from Devon to be easily available on the web.  There is a great deal of information on a Halls family on the web, but that family is unrelated as it came from eastern England, mostly Essex and surroundings.  If you are interested in that Halls family you may wish to try either Through the Halls of History or Halls.org.

The History page contains what I know about the movements, wives, children, and accomplishments of the Halls Family over the past 200 years in both England and North America.  The Family page is actually my listing of all people in the family including birth years/places and death year/places.  It also has links to biographies.  The Gallery is pictures of various Halls family members I have managed to find over the years.  Other Finds are items of interest that don't really fit my current site structure.

The main focus of this website is on members of the Halls family who came to Canada from Devon in the 1840's and 1850's, mostly because that is my line.  If you have information about this line, or are in some way related, please feel free to contact me (James) at nettopsey@gmail.com


Contact Service - if you are interested I can put you in touch with Halls family members living nearby.  I am currently in contact with family members living in the Following US states - Illinois, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Connecticut, and Michigan, as well as Ontario in Canada.  Drop me a line and I will put you in touch with whoever is closest.

I would very much like to get in touch with the Halls family of North Dakota.  If you have Alva Halls as your father, grandfather or great grandfather, please contact me.


Jan 26, 2014

posted Jan 26, 2015, 5:53 PM by James Halls

It has been a while since I updated this site, but I have not been ignoring genealogy.  Today I updated the Historical Reality Videos page by removing all the links.  They change so often it is not worth it.  I also fixed broken links on the Links page, and finally added a number of faces to the Gallery page.  My blog gets more postings, and I am currently working on one about Samuel Halls Jnr, again.  He was an interesting man if nothing else.

Jan 9, 2014

posted Jan 9, 2014, 8:47 PM by James Halls

Created a new page, Who Are We, showing pictures of unknown individuals that have a connection to the Halls family.

Mar 30, 2013

posted Mar 30, 2013, 7:44 AM by James Halls

Updated the Historical Reality Videos by removing links to videos that have been removed.

Feb 12, 2013

posted Feb 12, 2013, 6:00 PM by James Halls

I was in today and updated The Family page.  I fixed a couple of links, and added pictures to the biography of William Halls who was born in Devon and died in Ontario Over the past year the best find I have made is that of the picture of Samuel Halls Jnr.  You can see it in The Gallery.  More to come soon I hope.

May 27, 2011 - Great Uncle Pip

posted May 27, 2011, 6:58 AM by James Halls   [ updated May 27, 2011, 7:04 AM ]

In the course of my research I ordered the war records of my great uncle, Philip Ashley Patrick Halls, from Library and Archives Canada.  As I was going through them I found, much to my surprise, that after he was killed in action two letters from his personal effects were removed and destroyed before the personal effects were sent back to his parents in Toronto.

So now I wonder if he had a child (or children) in England.  This has become Question 13 on my Questions page.

May 27, 2011 - Back to Work

posted May 27, 2011, 6:55 AM by James Halls   [ updated May 27, 2011, 6:58 AM ]

For anyone out there who follows this site, I am now back at it.  I had a rather busy semester at the College I teach at, but now that things have slowed down I can start adding again.

Jan 29, 2011

posted Jan 29, 2011, 4:20 PM by James Halls

Added Exeter Bereavement Services, from the Exeter City Council.  Burials date back about 150 years.

Jan 21, 2011

posted Jan 21, 2011, 4:43 AM by James Halls

Added Peel's Prairie Provinces to the links page.  A good collection of newspapers, books, images and city directories for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Jan 18, 2011

posted Jan 18, 2011, 5:19 AM by James Halls   [ updated Jan 18, 2011, 7:34 AM ]

Added some new links to the Links page.  They are The Internet Archive, Canadiana, Family Search, and the Canada Gazette.  See the Blog for my comments about them.

Jan 6, 2011

posted Jan 6, 2011, 7:41 PM by James Halls   [ updated Jan 8, 2011, 7:47 AM ]

I have updated the Historical Reality Videos page with two new series.  They are Victorian Pharmacy, which is about late Victorian pharmacies (sometimes my grasp of the obvious is just scary!), and Edwardian Farm.

Edwardian Farm is particularly fascinating because it is set in Devon, which is where my Halls come from.  Even though I have only seen the first five episodes, I find it quite compelling simply because it is as close as I am ever likely to get to how things were for the family in Devon.

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