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…