Column: Using Provincial Vital Records

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: Using Provincial Vital Records

Snippet: Vital records document life events. The events include births, marriages and deaths and in Canada, the records are created and preserved by the government. Although similar information can be found in church records, not all events for every individual are connected to the church. With the government in charge of the records, it puts them all in one place, not in the holdings of individual religious denominations.

These records are gold mines for genealogists, and can provide hours of research enjoyment. But using the databases can be challenging. The inability to find a life event, knowing it took place in the province in a given year, can be frustrating.

If I encounter difficulty finding a record, I alternate the spelling of either the surname or given name or both. At times, I’ve resorted to entering only the first letter of a surname in a desperate attempt to find a record. If a record is indexed incorrectly though, you may need the luck of the Irish to find it.

Although these are official government records, they are not always accurate. Still, they can be a springboard for locating clues to find more information or to find correct information.

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

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