Column: Virtual Archives Enriches Local History

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: Virtual Archives Enriches Local History

Snippet: There are countless benefits to the Internet. Sometimes I often wonder how we survived without it. I’m not one who has it attached to my hip, but it has become my primary location to go when I have a question or seek information. It is a simple matter of opening my laptop and entering keywords into a search engine. The entire world is at my disposal twenty-four hours a day. If I can’t find the answer online, I can usually find tips on how to find it off line.

The fantastic benefit of the Internet for genealogy is that trillions of document pages can be stored online and accessible from anywhere. This is very different from decades ago when limited copies were available at certain locations and researchers had to travel to view them. The inability to search for them in one massive database (like the Internet) prevented many researchers from even knowing specific documents existed.

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


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