Column: Celebrate 20 Years of Cyndi’s List

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: Celebrate 20 Years of Cyndi’s List

Snippet: What were you doing on the Internet twenty years ago? Personally, I didn’t own a computer, cell phone, tablet or any other device to connect to the world-wide-web. Face time was meeting family and friends at a tavern or around a campfire. We surfed at the beach, instant messaged using paper and shared while seated around the supper table.

All my genealogy research was done at the archives, library or on foot at the cemetery or church. My notes were recorded and organised with pen and paper. Some might think this archaic, but twenty years ago, this was the norm. There are probably a few people today who still conduct their research this way.

Twenty years ago on March 4th, Cyndi Ingle was not only on the Internet, she launched her own website. As an after thought, she added a page for genealogy links to bookmark them for herself and the members of her genealogical society. The list contained 1,025 links. It soon grew to six pages, with links divided into categories.

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


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