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…

Genealogy for Beginners

Interested in researching your roots? Let us give you guidance on how to start your family tree or solve a puzzling mystery. Please pre-register by calling 902-885-2391. Date: Friday May 26, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Location: Sheet Harbour Library, Sheet Harbour, Halifax County, NS In partnership with Memory Lane Heritage Village Registration…

Lecture Tonight: Fort Point Frasers

I learned about this late last night from a fellow genealogists. The event takes place today… Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Public Lecture Topic: The “Fort Point Frasers” and the Great War Facilitator: Bruce MacDonald Date: Wednesday May 17, 2017 Time: 7:30 pm Place: Nova Scotia Archives, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS This presentation provides an overview…

The 2016 Census of Population – Age, Sex and Type of Dwelling

This just came across my desk… Statistics Canada is delighted to invite you to our upcoming free online learning sessions on: The 2016 Census of Population – Age, Sex and Type of Dwelling CANSIM Please note: Advanced registration is required. As spaces are limited, please register early! See below for more information. 2016 Census of Population – Age,…

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…

Locating Information on Our Poor Ancestors

Poor Law Union Immigrants To Canada by Lorine McGinnis Schulze I’ve been following Lorine’s blog for several years. She has an extensive resource on all things genealogy. If you’ve never visited her Olive Tree Genealogy site before, you should. Here’s what Lorine writes about poor law unions… Poor law unions were collections or groups of…

Census of Agriculture Pre-Release Webinar

This just came across my desk. As Statistics Canada gets ready to release the results of the 2016 Census of Agriculture, we will be hosting a Pre-Release Webinar (WebEx presentation) to discuss the upcoming products. During the half-hour Webinar, we will talk about the upcoming data release, the analytical papers that will follow the data…

What is a GEDCOM?

The following column appeared in print on April 9, 1916. What is a GEDCOM? Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver Not long after I ventured onto the Internet, I stumbled upon my first GEDCOM. At first glance, I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was it had a connection to genealogy, but I didn’t take…

Column: Terrence Michael Punch: The Last Farewell

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: Terrence Michael Punch: The Last Farewell Snippet: More years ago than I can remember, I heard a voice come over the radio talking about genealogy.…

The Song of the Family Tree

The following column originally appeared in print on September 26, 2015 The Song of the Family Tree by Diane Lynn Tibert McGyver My children and I attended a large music event a few weeks ago. We had such a great time and met so many wonderful artists that we are still talking about it and giggling…

Column: Organising Genealogy Files on the Computer

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: Organising Genealogy Files on the Computer Snippet: This year marks the 20th anniversary since I started using computers. This doesn’t include calculators or my sister’s…

Genealogy for Beginners – Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

This notice just came across my desk. Genealogy for Beginners Interested in researching your roots? Let us give you guidance on how to start your family tree or solve a puzzling mystery. Pre-register by calling 902-899-2227 Where: Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library When: Thursday April 20, 2017 from 3:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

The Passing of a Great Genealogist

Late last evening, I learned the news that Terry Punch had passed away. Punch was born in 1937 at Halifax, NS. In Eastern Canada, his was the first name many genealogists learned as they entered the hobby. He will be dearly missed in the community, yet his legacy will live on in the many people…