Column: Research in the Language of Your Ancestors

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: Research in the Language of Your Ancestors

Snippet: Researching a family tree can be tough at the best of times. When a genealogist encounters unfamiliar words or phrases, it can be overwhelming, particularly for someone with limited resources. Deciphering old English from three hundred years ago is definitely a challenge, but a foreign language can bring research to a screeching halt.

More times than not the mother tongue of our ancestors has been lost in time because their children or grandchildren learnt instead the language—English or French—of the Atlantic Canada community in which they settled. A glimpse through my family tree tells me that my family once spoke Scottish (Gaelic), German and possibly Irish. Today no one in my family speaks either of these languages.

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

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