The genealogy column Roots to the Past began in October 2005. Currently, it appears weekly in the following newspapers:

Nova Scotia

The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Wednesday)

The Citizen, Amherst (Saturday)

New Brunswick: Saturday January 20, 2018 will be the last column.

The Times & Transcript, Moncton (Saturday)


The Timeas & Transcript, Moncton, NB (weekly; Saturday): The last Roots to the Past column appeared January 20, 2018.

The Kings County Record, Sussex, NB (weekly; Tuesday): The last Roots to the Past column appeared Tuesday November 25, 2014.

The Western Star, Corner Brook, NL (weekly; Thursday): The last Roots to the Past column appeared Thursday March 27, 2014. The newspaper will focus more on local writers from the area.

Journal-Pioneer, Summerside, PEI (bi-weekly; Wednesday): At the end of March 2012, the Journal-Pioneer ceased to publish Roots to the Past, citing they were moving toward local columnists.

Southender, Halifax (monthly): Roots to the Past last appeared December 2012; newspaper was revamped)

Bedford Magazine (monthly): Roots to the Past last appeared December 2012; newspaper was revamped)

**Updated: January 15, 2018**

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  1. Thank you for last week’s column “A chart conundrum”. I am sure you are right to query that generation is twenty years assumption. My wife and I each have a great- great- great- great-grandfather born in 1731 or 1732 who died in 1815. I was born in 1944, my wife in 1942. So we are looking at approx. 210 years for six generations, an average of 35 years for a generation. My wife’s grandfather was born in 1856 and was 51 when her father was born, and he was 35 when she was born. My grandmother was 37 when she had my mother who was 30 when she had me, but days short of 36 when she had my brother. 20!! No!

    And this continues. Although I was only 24 when my oldest son was born, he has no children but his younger siblings do. So I was 60 when my first two grandchildren were born and a few weeks short of 70 when the youngest was (and her mother was 41). So yes, I am sure the math you quote is way off.


    • The nonsense of the 20-year standard was revealed to me in my own family. My mother was 40 when I was born and my father was 45. That’s two generations according to the 20-year standard. I was number 10 of 11 children. My dad was number 10 of 17 children. My grandparents were born in the late 1800s. In my case, three generations (me and my grandparents), span about 75 years.

      The 20-year span wouldn’t even work for my kids because my first child was born when I was 30. My last was born when I was 36. My kids (20 and under) belong to the shrinking school-aged children group who have had grandparents who served in the Second World War.

      Thank you for reading my column and for visiting my website to leave a comment.


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