The Canadian Gravemarker Gallery

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: The Canadian Gravemarker Gallery

Snippet: I’m not sure when I capture my first headstone on film. It was certainly before I turned sixteen. Although I wasn’t actively researching my family tree back then, I was still interested in family matters. I tucked away wedding invitations to preserve for the future, I wrote brief accounts of family events in my journal not realising their importance later in my research, and I took pictures of various things: dwellings, community streets, people and headstones.

It seems I have lived my life with a camera on my hip or around my neck. I’ve captured thousands of headstones in my journey through life. At one time I could say that most of the photos held images related in one way or another to my family. I cannot say that anymore.

There was a point in my life—when I became a dedicated genealogist and history buff—when I realised how precious headstones were. The more fragile and old the headstone, the more significance I placed on it.

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

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