Column: Dictionary of Canadian Place Names

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: Dictionary of Canadian Place Names

Snippet: The preface of Dictionary of Canadian Place Names by Alan Rayburn states, “Place names are a significant reflection of a nation’s cultural and linguistic heritage.” From my travels across Canada, I have to agree.

More than once, place names and landmark names have conjured up images of history and reminded me of the significance of the location. They’ve grounded me to this wonderful country, stirred both good and bad emotions, and sometimes, brought tears to my eyes.

My love for this country runs deep, as deep as my roots that came ashore in 1752 or possibly earlier. My interest in names stems from learning the history behind them, whether it be good or bad. The names that have survived centuries are the ones most special to me. This comes with the knowledge that my ancestors spoke the same names and perhaps—just maybe—they had a hand in giving a location or landmark its name.

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


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