Column: Researching Mi’kmaq Ancestors in Atlantic Canada

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: Researching Mi’kmaq Ancestors in Atlantic Canada

Snippet: Through extensive research, archaeologists have discovered the first humans to populate North America arrived more than 12,000 years ago—possibly more than 50,000 years ago—by the Bering land bridge that joined Siberia with Alaska. The first settlers on the continent were confined to that area for thousands of years because most of Canada was covered by the Laurentide ice sheet. The earliest sign of human occupation in Atlantic Canada is thought to be around 10,000 to 11,000 years ago—shortly after the Younger Dryas cold climate period (the mini ice age).

Unlike European immigrants who can hope to discover their first ancestor who arrived in Canada, it’s impossible for the Mi’kmaq people to trace their family lines back to their ancestral homes. They can, however, gather information for several generations, and if they’re fortunate, they might be able to plot a family line well into the 17th century, possibly beyond that.

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


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