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…