Column: Canadian Gravemarker Gallery Creator Retires

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: Canadian Gravemarker Gallery Creator Retires

Snippet: Thirty years ago when I began researching my family tree, I dreamt of finding many things: elusive ancestors, legible handwriting in old documents and all the vital records for everyone in my family. One other dream I had was the ability to go somewhere—the library, the church or the archives—and find a detailed list of headstones in all the cemeteries in Nova Scotia. Okay, I really wanted them for all of Canada, but I would have settled for a complete listing for my home province. Pictures of headstones to confirm accuracy would have been a bonus.

However, this resource was not available for genealogists in the 80s. Shortly after I connected to the Internet in the late 90s, I was pleasantly surprised to find scattered and incomplete listings of headstones from various cemeteries across the world. Some were better organised than others. In some cases, only one inscription was posted for cemeteries that had many graves, and in other instances, an entire cemetery (usually a small one) was shared.

As the years passed, these sites grew in number and complexity. Many began adding additional information about the cemeteries and those buried there. This might include obituaries, news stories, images of the deceased and photographs of the headstones. Ultimately, these online resources provided a wealth of information for genealogists, particularly those who could not physically visit the cemetery.

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

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