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…

Column: Casualties and History of the Boer 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: Casualties and History of the Boer War Snippet: Three hundred and sixty-four years ago, the Dutch East India Company established the first European settlement in…

Column: One Hundred Years Ago

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: One Hundred Years Ago Snippet: How many times have we heard, When I was growing up, there was no Internet or cell phones, or When…

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of January 2016

Originally posted on Library and Archives Canada Blog:
As of today, 240,545 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database. Please visit the Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files page for more details on the digitization project. Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service…

Column: Email Virus Infecting Mailing Lists

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: Email Virus Infecting Mailing Lists Snippet: Viruses are nasty things. It seems there is no limit to the number that wants to corrupt our systems,…

Column: Effective Goal Making for 2016

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: Effective Goal Making for 2016 Snippet: The new year is here, and for many that means it’s time to set goals. Unfortunately by the time…

Scotland’s Convoy Site

During World War II, Loch Ewe in Wester Ross, on the west coast of Scotland, was used as a convoy collecting point for the North Atlantic Fleet. It’s a natural deep water sea loch that links to the Atlantic Ocean via a relatively narrow mouth which made it easier to protect. Anti-aircraft batteries near the…