Column: Searching for Maritime Seamen

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: Searching for Maritime Seamen

Snippet: For more than a decade, I’ve tried to uncover a certain piece of genealogical information: which vessel was my great-grandfather aboard when it was lost at sea? If I can find the ship, it’d unlock a key piece of information: his death date. This may lead to a newspaper article or record providing additional material on the tragedy.

I don’t have a lot to go on. I have his name—Thomas Taylor—that he left on the last fishing trip of the season aboard a ship out of Burin, NL, and that his oldest daughter (my grandmother) was either thirteen or fourteen  years old at the time. He gave her a winter coat before he left, so he probably departed in September or October in 1917 or 1918.

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


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