Column: Science Creates Problems for Future Genealogists

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: Science Creates Problems for Future Genealogists

Snippet: I’m old enough to remember when life was simple. There are many people older than I am who remember even simpler times, but my childhood in the 1970s was less complicated than today, more laid back and not cluttered with computers, cellular phones and 400 television channels. Those were the days when the mailman delivered to your door and the milkman visited a few times a week to ask if you wanted to buy his dairy products. It was also an age when you spent most of your time outside, and instant messaging was passing notes in class.

The basic facts of life were simple too, though we didn’t know scientists in distant labs were working hard to change this. Over the past thirty years, I have applied without hesitation these simple biology facts to my genealogy research. The facts were constant, impossible to change, and if you did find stories that stated otherwise, you knew they were lies.

If you came across a man who you thought was the father of an ancestor but later learned the man had died two years before the ancestor was born, you knew you had the wrong father. Your search would continue until you found someone who was either alive at the time of the birth, or one who died less than nine months before the child was born.

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


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