Column: One-Place Study

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)

TitleColumn: One-Place Study

Snippet: As genealogists we travel the world, often while sitting in a comfortable chair at home. Passports are unnecessary. We are a unique breed of people who may know more about a distant location we’ve never visited than the community in which we live.

We spend hours, if not years, researching cemetery, census, birth, marriage and death records of distant places. We pour over maps, both current and those created hundreds of years ago. We read old newspapers published in those areas, check property deeds and wills from years gone by and search phonebooks and registries in the hope of discovering more about our ancestors who once called that place home.

When asked—or more likely, not asked—we talk about our ancestors’ home as if we have walked the streets in the 1800s, lighting lamps to guide stragglers home late at night. We can pinpoint the exact location of the modest home in which they dwelt, the grounds where once sat the church they helped build and the cemetery in which kin were buried.

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


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