Column: The People’s Map of Bonne Bay

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

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: The People’s Map of Bonne Bay

Snippet: People have been visiting our shores for centuries. Whether they came and left or came and remained, many of them attached names to places they visited. Perhaps names were assigned because of their nature, such as Mossy Spring, or because of an event which occurred there, such as Camp Cove. There are places which bear names of people, such as Billy Payne’s Cove, while one can only imagine where other names originated, such as The Pissing Mare.

These names sometimes stuck and became official. Others were fluid and changed often. Knowing the former names of a place can aid in genealogy research. Although I’ve come across many resources through the years to help find previous names of places, I’ve never seen one as in depth and as visual as The People’s Map of Bonne Bay, Gros Morne, Newfoundland.

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


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