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: Finding an Ancestor’s Occupation

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: Finding an Ancestor’s Occupation Snippet: My children are entering the work world as they take on part time jobs in high school and college. The jobs they…

Column: Catholic Irish and Protestant Irish in 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: Catholic Irish and Protestant Irish in Canada Snippet: I haven’t studied any religion in depth. I’m more of a browser, reading bits and pieces of…

Canadiana Launches online Database of Aboriginal Soldiers

April has been a good month for genealogists researching their Canadian ancestors with several new or expanded online databases, and here is another one. The following is the release Canadiana.org issued yesterday. OTTAWA, ON, April 26, 2016 — The World Wars Aboriginal Veterans Portal (WWAVP), the largest and most comprehensive source of data about aboriginal…

First World War Veterans of Guysborough County: “Valcartier Boys”

The next installment of the Bruce MacDonald’s First World War Veterans of Guysborough County has been posted. “After more than four years researching and writing detailed accounts of First World War Guysborough County soldiers’ experiences, I have decided that it is time to take this blog in a new direction. Several reasons have prompted this…

Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors Conference

Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors One-day Conference March 22, 2016 Hosted by the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia As part of the 2016 Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) North America Lecture Tour, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) will be hosting a one-day conference on Tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors.  This conference will…

Canada Naturalisation Records, 1915-1951

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online database Naturalisation Records, 1915 – 1951. The nominal index has been extended with the addition of more than 68,000 names and now covers the years from 1915 to 1944, inclusively. Work is ongoing to extend the nominal index…

Column: Dark Days in History

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: Column: Dark Days in History Snippet: On June 27, 1991, my family and I stopped what we were doing to gawk at the sky. It was…

Column: Dictionary of Canadian Place Names

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: Column: Dictionary of Canadian Place Names Snippet: The preface of Dictionary of Canadian Place Names by Alan Rayburn states, “Place names are a significant reflection of…

A Nursing Sister’s Story

Catherine Mary Nichols Gunn was the third of seven children—four boys and three girls—born to William and Mary (McInnis) Gunn of East River St. Mary’s, Pictou County. Catherine left home sometime before 1911, making her way to Seattle, Washington, where she completed a professional nurse’s training program. After she returned to Canada, as with so…

Column: Capital Punishment in 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: Column: Capital Punishment in Canada Snippet: No family is perfect. Every family tree searched long enough will uncover…

Column: So Young and So Far Away from Home

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Title: So Young and So Far Away from Home Snippet: The world a hundred and fifty…

National Stompin’ Tom Connors Day

Seventy-eight years ago today, a Canadian legend was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. For decades he criss-crossed our beautiful country, gathering stories, writing songs, sharing our history, singing and reminding Canadians, “We’ve got something special here.” Charles Thomas Connors, better known to all as Stompin’ Tom, was our most prolific and well-known country and…

Fact and Fiction Make an Interesting Mix

This Roots to the Past column originally appeared in newspapers in February 2011. Fireside Publishing House is still doing well. Their most recent publication is Showdown at Border Town – An Early Adventure of Paul Martin by Caroline Woodward. In early December, Roderick Benns contacted me regarding a new concept in books aimed to deliver…

Column: Facelift for Canadian Virtual War Memorial Website

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook) Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Title: Facelift for Canadian Virtual War Memorial Website Snippet:…

Column: O’Canada in October

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers: Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex) Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook) Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst) Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton) Title: O’Canada in October Snippet: I’ll be the first…

More to the 1921 Canada Census Release

The release of the 1921 Canada Census is celebrated, but the way it was released and who has control over is not only confusing but—to some—not right. To learn more about the facts behind this issue, visit Anglo-Celtic Connections’ blog and read the August 30, 2013 post titled LAC’s 2007 Blunder.