A native of Norfolk, England, John came to Canada (Ottawa) in 1966 and has been a resident of the City continuously since 1985.
Formerly a PhD research scientist, he retired as Director, Policy and International Affairs for Canada’s Weather Service while serving as President of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, in 1998.
He stepped up his interest in family and local history on retirement joining the board of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) in 2000, serving as President from 2004 to 2006. For the Society he compiled a monthly email newsletter, which spawned a blog, Anglo-Celtic Connections, which has over 6000 postings since March 2006.
He is author of Researching Canada`s Home Children, editor of The Ottawa Sharpshooters, author of articles in several newsstand and society magazines, writes a regular column for BIFHSGO’s quarterly chronicle. He has been a frequent speaker on topics in family history including in Canada, the UK and Portugal.
He served on the City of Ottawa Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2009 including as the committee chair, was a member of the Library and Archives Canada Services Advisory Board from 2007 to 2009 and is on the advisory panel for
He is a member of BIFHSGO, The Guild of One Name Studies, North of Ireland Family History Society, Ontario Genealogical Society and the UK Society of Genealogists.