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…