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Life is always changing, faster now it seems since technology is setting the pace. At one time, Roots to the Past appeared in 13 newspapers across Atlantic Canada. In its hay days, it appeared in – to name a few – The Western Star (Corner Brook, NL), Journal-Pioneer (Summerside, PEI), The Daily News (Halifax, NS)…

The End of Roots to the Past in Moncton

I received word earlier this week from the editor of The Times & Transcript that they are revamping the newspaper. To improve readers’ experience, they have had to cut a few columns. Roots to the Past was one of them. The last column will appear this Saturday January 20th. The Times & Transcript has been a…

Column: The Down Survey of Ireland

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: The Down Survey of Ireland Ireland has seen drastic changes over the centuries, and its people have suffered great hardships. The many who arrived in Canada…

Unmasking the Man in Red

This Roots to the Past column appeared in newspapers on December 16th and 20th, 2017 Unmasking the Man in Red Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver Have you ever believed something your entire life until one day you hear information that cracks that belief? It’s like believing in Santa Clause until you’re eight and then your best…

Column: The Possible Origin of Halloween

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) Column: The Possible Origin of Halloween The only thing I knew about Halloween as a child in the 70s was I could dress up and gather…

Column: Celebrating Canada

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: Celebrating Canada Snippet: Unless you’re living under the proverbial rock or disconnected from all social activities, including social media, you know we are celebrating the…

Column: Terrence Michael Punch: The Last Farewell

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: Terrence Michael Punch: The Last Farewell Snippet: More years ago than I can remember, I heard a voice come over the radio talking about genealogy.…

Column: Organising Genealogy Files on the Computer

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: Organising Genealogy Files on the Computer Snippet: This year marks the 20th anniversary since I started using computers. This doesn’t include calculators or my sister’s…

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…

Column: Educated Genealogy Guesses

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: Educated Genealogy Guesses Snippet: Many times in my genealogy research, I’ve found myself not know how to find information on a particular person. This often…

Column: Accidents and Incidents on Canadian Railways

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: Accidents and Incidents on Canadian Railways Snippet: When I was young, I spent a lot of time exploring the woods. By the time I was…

Column: Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War

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: Maritime Nursing Sisters of the Great War Snippet: Canadian nursing sisters first saw action in 1885 when the government sent them to Saskatchewan to support…

Column: Presentation is Everything

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: Presentation is Everything Snippet: When my kids were small, we’d have tea parties in the winter to break up the long days. We’d put a…

Column: Canada’s First Overseas Military Operation: Nile Expedition

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: Canada’s First Overseas Military Operation: Nile Expedition Snippet: I went to school at a time when Canada wasn’t proud of their wars. I didn’t learn…

Column: Sometimes Everything is Too Much

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: Sometimes Everything is Too Much Snippet: Digital databases have made searching with a keyword to find genealogy information easier and faster. Index cards of the…

Column: How Do You Spell Katherine?

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: How Do You Spell Katherine? Snippet: I’m a stickler for spelling words correctly. I cringe when I find an error in my writing, whether it…

Column: Decrypting Old Handwriting

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: Decrypting Old Handwriting Snippet: As I stared at the scribbling in a census record on the computer screen, my young son stopped and looked over…

Column: We are Living in the Digital Dark Age

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: We are Living in the Digital Dark Age Snippet: Two friends and I were talking about decluttering our houses. It’s a mammoth task for the…

Column: Dealing With Emotions Generated by Genealogy Research

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: Dealing With Emotions Generated by Genealogy Research Snippet: Last week, three people contacted me regarding my McDonald family tree. Reviewing the information before sharing it…