Column: We Are Genealogy Bloggers

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: We Are Genealogy Bloggers

Snippet: In January 2012, I launched my Roots to the Past genealogy blog. Only two years beforehand, blogs were frowned upon and dismissed by many Internet surfers. They seemed to be homes to general rants or musings, and had a reputation for being written poorly. Occasionally one shined, providing great information to their readers.

Then something miraculous happened. Blogs transformed into popular online reading locations, information centres where readers learned something or read something fantastic. Within two years, the attitude towards blogs (originally known as web logs) changed.

I blog about genealogy with a focus on Atlantic Canada. My blog doesn’t contain my family genealogy; that website went defunct long ago. But like all learning curves, one thing led to another, and that first website gave me the experience I needed to start a blog. I’ve encountered many blogs like mine. They focus on a particular area or topic such as Loyalists, fisherman or obituaries.

The other type of genealogy blogs focus only on the blogger’s family tree. Pages will contain genealogies, and the blogger will write about a particular individual or something directly related to an ancestor, such as the immigration records recording their arrival to their new home.

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


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