Roots to the Past Book Update

Roots to the Past book updateAfter reviewing the ten Roots to the Past columns written in 2005 and forty of the fifty-two published in 2006, I’ve learned I talk a lot about my family.

From one column: When my grandfather returned from overseas after the First World War, he witnessed the aftermath of the largest man-made explosion of his time. A large section of Halifax and areas of Dartmouth had been destroyed when the Mont Blanc exploded in Halifax Harbour. It left an impression that followed him home to Newfoundland.

From another: As an example, I used my grandmother’s obituary. Primadine Appleby, a strong-willed family lady who lived a full 97 years, but you wouldn’t know that from her short obituary. Seventy-five years from now, the genealogist finding her obituary will be left with several questions. Who were her parents? Where was she born? Did she have any siblings?

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Column: Capture a Source Image with Screenshot

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Capture a Source Image with Screenshot

Snippet: The olden days were simpler in many ways. Yes, there were more labour-intense jobs, and many things had to be done from ‘scratch’ or by hand, but life was more straightforward. There was no need to learn a program to create a genealogy file, have a computer to complete a government form or press a number on the phone for service.

Citing sources for information in genealogy files was also basic because they were concrete sources. They never changed. They were of newspapers, books, microfilm and similar forms. A citation from these sources was as good thirty years later as it was the day it was discovered.

Technology and the method in which many now research their family trees have changed this. Sources can now be fluid, changing and disappearing altogether.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

Roots to the Past Book

This past October, Roots to the Past—the column—celebrated nine years in publication. When I look back over the years, I think about the number of columns I’ve written and the topics I’ve discusses. It’s been quite a journey.

For some time now, I’ve wondered what I would do with all the ‘old’ columns. Many of them are still relevant and can be used today by genealogists, particularly those new to the hobby.

I’ve also received many requests from readers asking about a particular topic, or asking how they could read a column if they didn’t subscribe to a newspaper.

All this questioning and requesting got me to wondering, wondering about bringing the old columns back to life…in book format.

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Column: Questions I Would Have Asked

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Questions I Would Have Asked

Snippet: As I ran through grassy fields and along the seashore in bare feet, I thought time stood still and childhood would last forever. When work life began, however, time began to accelerate. What once felt like months to pass took only a few short days.

I thought I had all the time in the world to ask my family the important questions even though I had little idea of which ones were more important than others. Now, with my grandparents and my father deceased and my mother’s memory slipping a little more with each trip around the sun, I have fewer family members to ask about days gone by.

Below are five topic questions I would ask each of my grandparents if I could chat with them over a cup of tea.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.