Column: Capital Punishment in Canada

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Column: Capital Punishment in Canada

Snippet: No family is perfect. Every family tree searched long enough will uncover an unsavory individual. The key is to remember they are not you; they have no bearing on your life. You do not wear their shame.

These people are often called the black sheep of a family. In mild cases, a family may avoid a black sheep but little else. In extreme cases, black sheep are disowned, thrown out of the family and forgotten about. It is as if they have died or were never born.

Many families have labelled relatives who have committed serious crimes as black sheep. Finding information on them may be difficult.

If the individual was found guilty of a serious crime in Canada between 1860 and 1962, he may have been executed. Canada hanged one woman and thirty-nine men between 1860 and 1866.

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

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