Column: Locating Ancestors Who Arrived Before 1865

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: Locating Ancestors Who Arrived Before 1865

Snippet: Finding individuals who arrived in Canada before 1865 is tough. Lucky researchers find passenger lists of ships that positively identify family members or at least give them a place to start. Early immigration records, however, are spotty. Sometimes the only clue a researcher has to go on is knowing—through a land or vital record—that the person arrived in Canada during a general time period.

For instance, I know my Appleby ancestor was in Canada in the mid-1800s. I can narrow that down to between 1835 and 1840. I had originally thought he arrived around 1847 because that was the first known record of him in this country. When I discovered one of his sons had been born in Canada in c.1840, that changed the years in which I searched for his arrival. Still, with so many ships arriving with new immigrants, poor record keeping and lost records, it’s been a struggle to find him.

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

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