Column: Home

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: Home

Snippet: Often the place first loved is our first home. The mere mention of the word home can incite warm feelings. Time and distance doesn’t change that. I’m certain my ancestors missed their home even though they were determined to make a new one here in Canada.

Like others who moved away from the community in which they grew up, returning to it stirs deep emotions and long forgotten memories. The mere thought of returning home can send an excited shiver down my spine, and the anticipation of actually being there can put a spring in my step.

In this day of technology, videos and virtual touring, the desire to go out of our way and visit a location connected to our ancestors—plant our feet on the ground and smell the air—is disappearing for some people. A portion of society thinks it’s easier, cheaper and faster to view the world on our computers, but they’re missing a vital part of the experience: the emotional feeling generated from standing where ancestors once stood, the place they called home.

I’m thinking of my mother this week as she returns to the place of her birth, the place she spent her first seventeen years. I’m not with her this time, but I have taken her home before and I know the excitement she is feeling.

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

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