Column: Researching Aboriginal Ancestors

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: Researching Aboriginal Ancestors

Snippet: I’ve been asked many times over the years about researching an ancestor who was aboriginal. Often times, the person didn’t know for certain if the person they spoke about in their family tree was Mi’kmaq. Sometimes it was a family story that led to this conclusion. Other times, it was a questionable note on a record.

The obvious reason to learn more about any ancestor is to enrich your family tree. But some individuals look beyond that and are seeking answers to whether or not they can claim status or non-status Indian.

The answer I give these people is the same I’d give to anyone researching their ancestors who lived in the Maritimes the past three centuries. There are some exceptions, still the government attempted to maintain records on everyone. This included birth, marriage and death records. So the usual methods of research will more than likely uncover the necessary information needed.

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


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