Roots to the Past Ceases Publication

During this time of uncertainty, newspapers are struggling and some are halting publishing temporarily. As such, Roots to the Past has been put on hold. Whether it will be resurrected after the pandemic is over is uncertain. Take care. Be safe. We will see this through.

No ordinary teacher: A remembrance of Terry Punch

Originally posted on Acadiensis:
By John Macleod Known throughout the Maritimes and beyond as a genealogist Terry Punch, in writing his obituary, characterised himself as “a retired educator … active in historical and genealogical circles.” A victim of cancer, he died on April 11, 2017, three months and four days after his 80th birthday. Terry…

Column: Call for Papers for Settlement of the West

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: Call for Papers for Settlement of the West Snippet: The other night at our writers’ meeting, one of the writers read a story he had…

DNA Rewrites MacNeil History

Macneil clan shocked as DNA checks force rewrite of history For centuries the MacNeil clan based on the Hebridean island of Barra have proudly claimed to be descendants of Ireland’s “greatest” King, Niall of the Nine Hostages. But a check on hundreds of modern day MacNeils has revealed their roots actually lie with the Vikings…