Disruptions at RootsWeb Continues

This column appeared in newspapers in early February 2018. I have since received an update on RootsWeb, and I wanted to share it here. Disruptions at RootsWeb Continues Diane Lynn Tibert IN LATE DECEMBER, I searched for information on one of the many websites hosted by RootsWeb that has collected genealogy data over the decades.…

Stealing Obituaries to Make Money

A few days ago, one of the Facebook genealogy groups I follow had a notice regarding Afterlife, a site that posts obituaries. The site claims to be “Canada’s largest database of deceased people.” Visitors can light a candle in someone’s memory or purchase flowers. The problem is, they are not a funeral home. They’re just a…

A Shipwreck from Two Hundred Years Ago

The Brig Trafalgar left Hull, Yorkshire, England “soon after” June 1, 1817. The passengers were immigrants bound for the New World to start a new life in either Saint John, NB, or Quebec City, QC. After being at sea for less than two months, the brig arrived off the coast of Nova Scotia. It sailed…

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics 2017

This year’s birth, marriage and death records update have been added to the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics page. Records are now available for: Births, 1864-1877, 1908-1916 (delayed registrations 1830-1916): 343,549 records Marriages, Bonds 1763-1864 and Registrations 1864-1941: 254,137 records Deaths, 1864-1877, 1908-1966 and City of Halifax 1890-1908: 467,250 records To explore the records, visit Nova…

Census of Agriculture Pre-Release Webinar

This just came across my desk. As Statistics Canada gets ready to release the results of the 2016 Census of Agriculture, we will be hosting a Pre-Release Webinar (WebEx presentation) to discuss the upcoming products. During the half-hour Webinar, we will talk about the upcoming data release, the analytical papers that will follow the data…

What is a GEDCOM?

The following column appeared in print on April 9, 1916. What is a GEDCOM? Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver Not long after I ventured onto the Internet, I stumbled upon my first GEDCOM. At first glance, I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was it had a connection to genealogy, but I didn’t take…

The Song of the Family Tree

The following column originally appeared in print on September 26, 2015 The Song of the Family Tree by Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver My children and I attended a large music event a few weeks ago. We had such a great time and met so many wonderful artists that we are still talking about it and giggling…

The Passing of a Great Genealogist

Late last evening, I learned the news that Terry Punch had passed away. Punch was born in 1937 at Halifax, NS. In Eastern Canada, his was the first name many genealogists learned as they entered the hobby. He will be dearly missed in the community, yet his legacy will live on in the many people…

Column: Search Irish Vital Records for FREE

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: Search Irish Vital Records for FREE Snippet: No one really knows when the first Irish immigrant arrived in Canada. It was probably in the 1700s,…

Column: Can You Discuss Genealogy Without History?

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: Can You Discuss Genealogy Without History? Snippet: Speaking with other genealogists, I’m sometimes surprised when I learn they are not interested in history. Their goal…

New Genealogy Mailing List for Guysborough County

Genealogy mailing lists have been around for about a decade and a half. I’ve followed several since the early 2000s. These lists put researchers in touch with others researching the same area. They allowed me to connect with others interested in Lunenburg County, Guysborough County, Halifax County and Newfoundland (where my mother is from). Genealogy…

Nineteenth-century Cape Breton: a historical geography

“This thesis is an historical geography of Cape Breton Island in the nineteenth century. It aims to provide a geographical synthesis of the Island over a hundred years, elucidating the changing relationship between the Island’s population and their environment. “The Island is considered as a region and the scale of enquiry is at the regional…

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics Update

The annual accrual of Historical Vital Statics is now available on the Nova Scotia Genealogy website. Time Frame for Records Births: 1864 to 1877, 1908 to 1914 (including delayed registrations from 1830 to 1914): 300,334 records Marriages: Bonds from 1763 to 1864; Registrations from 1864 to 1939: 235,854 records Deaths: 1864 to 1877, 1908 to…

A Nursing Sister’s Story

Catherine Mary Nichols Gunn was the third of seven children—four boys and three girls—born to William and Mary (McInnis) Gunn of East River St. Mary’s, Pictou County. Catherine left home sometime before 1911, making her way to Seattle, Washington, where she completed a professional nurse’s training program. After she returned to Canada, as with so…