Column: All New: One-Place Study

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: All New: One-Place Study

Snippet: For many years now I’ve heard news about one-name studies. I’ve done a little of that type of exploration myself to aid my genealogy research. The idea behind one-name studies is to gather all the material pertaining to a particular surname with the hope that it will broaden and strengthen your own family tree information.

Not everyone in a one-name study will be related. There are many different family lines that bear the same surname. It is hoped however that complicated family lines can be organised, and in the process individuals with the same name will be recognised. This is particular important with common names such as Elizabeth McDonald and William Fraser.

So one-name studies aren’t new. One-place name studies however are relatively new. I say relatively because I’ve visited many stand-alone websites which focussed on a particular community, town or city. A researcher or a group of people gathered data on a location and published it on the Internet to share with the world. Individuals who love local history are usually the driving force behind these projects.

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

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