Column: Creating a Book of Names

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: Creating a Book of Names

Snippet: A long time ago I listened to someone in a movie or television show talk about name keepers, and their role as one in their family. They hadn’t decided on a whim to fill the position. They made it sound as though it was their destiny; they were the chosen one because of some sort of aura that surrounded them, granting them a magical association or ancient wisdom which bonded them with the past and all their ancestors who walked the Earth.

The name keeper held up a tattered, thick book with leather binding. It contained all the names of those who carried his DNA throughout time. The name keeper’s duties included adding new names, protecting the valuable records and finding the next name keeper to whom to pass on the book when he expired. It was assumed the name keeper would recognise the next name keeper in the family.

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

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