Column: Using Birth Dates to Uncover Missing Family

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

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Using Birth Dates to Uncover Missing Family

Snippet: There are many averages in life. On average, the number of individuals in a family has shrunk drastically in the past century. You won’t find many parents raising ten kids these days. During the Baby Boom years (1946–1965), Canada’s birthrate skyrocketed, sending previous averages into space. In 1961, with the birth rate declining, on average couples gave birth to 2.7 children. That dropped to 1.9 children in 2011.

One average that remains relative constant through the centuries is the average number of years between children. On average, siblings are born one to three years apart. There are exceptions. I know a family that had five and then six years between their three children. There are also families that have ‘one together’ when divorced parents marry another partner and decide to blend their families with a baby. This can create ten years or more between siblings.

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


Please share your thoughts on this post.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.