Column: Dark Days in History

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: Dark Days in History

Snippet: On June 27, 1991, my family and I stopped what we were doing to gawk at the sky. It was mid-day and thick, dark clouds were slowly advancing towards are neighbour. The unique characteristic about these attention-grabbing clouds was their colour: dark yellowy orange. If I had been timid about my existence, I might have thought it was the end of the world.

For the first few moments, we watched confused, wondering what had created the unusually-coloured clouds. Then someone shared their theory: smoke from a forest fire. They turned out to be correct. The ominous clouds passing over our community, turning day into night and making street lights come on, were indeed created by forest fires. But we didn’t have to worry about evacuating; the fires were more than a thousand kilometres away in Quebec.

This was not the first time forest fires burning far away turned a bright, sunny day into one dark and sinister. On May 19, 1780, the skies went dark over eastern areas of Canada and the New England states. It was so dark, candles had to be lit.

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

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