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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…